Rice's vote total was embarrassingly low (29.8 percent) in his first year of eligibility, but momentum grew, and he inched agonizingly close to Cooperstown. Yesterday, in his 15th and final year on the writers' ballot, Jim Ed Rice was elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame by a margin of eight votes. He was named on 412 of 539 ballots, pushing him to 76.4 percent, a shade over the required three-quarters.
Now it's time for the NBA Hall of Fame to do its job.
Exactly 27 days after the Sixers won the 1982-83 championship, Boston acquired Dennis Johnson in a trade. The next year the Celtics won the NBA championship. The difference?