New York, NY – On Wednesday, January 8, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) elected pitchers, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and designated hitter-first baseman Frank Thomas into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
As reported on BaseballHall.org, “For only the second time since the first National Baseball Hall of Fame class in 1936, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America elected three players in their first year of eligibility to the Hall of Fame in balloting verified by Ernst & Young.”
On Thursday, the Hall of Fame Press Conference was held in New York’s Waldorf Astoria where all three Hall of Famers addressed this monumental moment in their lives. Our Baseball Editor, Dan Schlossberg was on hand. Knowing that he’s an Atlanta Braves fan, I’m looking forward to his article.
As much I enjoy watching baseball, I’m a huge fan of Professional Wrestling. And when our photographer Bill Menzel emailed me photos of the Press Conference and informed me that they were taken by George Napolitano, I marked out and asked him if Napolitano is a… no let me rephrase that… the Pro Wrestling Photographer.
Bill confirmed and I marked out when I had witnessed Strike Force defeat the Heart Foundation for the WWF Tag Team Championships. If you’re a Professional Wrestling Fan, then you grew up with George Napolitano’s photos.
Guys like him, Bill Apter, Dave Metzer and Evan Ginzburg were my heroes growing up because even though they weren’t the main attraction, those were the guys who indirectly taught me there’s other ways to be close to the action without ever taking a bump.
Last year, Napolitano was inducted into National Wrestling Hall of Fame at Waterloo, Iowa. You can read more about Napolitano’s milestone by clicking here. In 2011, ECW Press published his book, Hot Shots and High Spots: George Napolitano’s Amazing Pictorial History of Wrestling’s Greatest Stars. You can read Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online review by clicking here.
With that said, I am excited and honored to be publishing Thursday’s Hall of Fame Press Conference photos by the Pro Wrestling Photographer, George Napolitano whose photos made me smile, frown and occasionally cry throughout my childhood. Thank you, George Napolitano!