Well, here’s something else Pete Rose can take with him to the grave: Even Mike Tyson beat him into the Hall of Fame.
The International Boxing Hall of Fame, that is, which is based in Canastota, N.Y., and, for those of you who think I’m just making stuff up, really does exist.
And I say that even though, in addition to Tyson, one of the other inductees is Sylvester Stallone, whose only connection to boxing is that he created the greatest made-up heavyweight champion in history.
So, Tyson, whose fearsome reputation was built largely on impeccable scheduling (One tomato can ... two tomato cans ... three tomato cans) and the skill of boxing’s myth-makers, goes in alongside the ultimate myth-maker. In a crazy sort of way, it all makes perfect sense.
So let’sr eview: Boxing Hall of Fame, real. Tyson, real in theory. Rocky Balboa, not real (but we wish he were).
Just wait’ll next year, when Clubber Lang goes in.