The human desire for recognition has often been a subject of interest to philosophers and psychologists. The distinguished German philosopher G.W.F. Hegel expounded influentially on the subject in his book The Phenomenology of Spirit. The Russian-French philosopher/spy Alexandre Kojeve influenced a whole generation of postmodernist thinkers with his lectures on Hegel in Paris in the 1930s which identified the need for recognition as an important cause of human interaction. A disciple of Kojeve's, Francis Fukuyama, author of the provocative book The End of History writes, "[I]t is possible to understand the problem of politics over the millennia of human history as the effort to solve the problem of recognition. "

"Halls of Fame" whether real or theoretical appear to be a phenomenon of the 20th century. The first physical hall of fame was the result of the efforts of Dr. Henry Mitchell MacCracken who, as chancellor of New York University, founded the Hall of Fame for Great Americans in 1900. The neo-classical structure designed by Stanford White, was formally dedicated on May 30, 1901 and it includes an open-air colannade with niches for 102 individual busts of prominent American authors, educators, architects, inventors, military leaders, judges, theologians, philanthropists, humanitarians, scientists, statesmen, artists, musicians, actors, and explorers.

The concept of a baseball hall of fame was first written about in 1908 when it referred to an "honor roll of pitchers who have pitched full games without allowing opposing teams to hit safely." (from Edward J. Nichols' 1939 Ph.D. dissertation as quoted in the New Dickson Baseball Dictionary). In 1935 Ford Frick, then President of baseball's National League, proposed the idea of a physical shrine to honor the sport's best players. In 1936 the first group of players were elected to the hall of fame and in 1939 the physical baseball hall of fame was dedicated in Cooperstown, New York.

While baseball's hall of fame may be one of the most popular there are now literally hundreds of real and metaphorical halls of fame recognizing individuals in a wide variety of fields and endeavors.






Sports Halls of Fame

National Baseball Hall of Fame
Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame
U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall Of Fame
Mountain Bike Hall of Fame
Canadian Pro Wrestling Page of Fame
Basketball Hall of Fame
Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame
Wall Street Sports Hall of Fame
The Olympic Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame
ISHOF-International Swimming Hall of Fame
BlackBelt Magazine Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Motorsports Hall of Fame
The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame
International Tennis Hall of Fame
The National Soccer Hall of Fame
Volleyball Hall of Fame
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum
State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
Hockey Hall of Fame
National Sprint Car Hall of Fame
Canadian Football Hall of Fame
North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame
Canadian Golf Hall of Fame
Iditarod Hall of Fame
Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
Shoeless Joe Jackson's Virtual Hall of Fame
United States Croquet Hall of Fame
University of Wyoming Athletic's Hall of Fame
US Lacrosee Hall of Fame
National Distance Running Hall of Fame
AMA - Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum
Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame
Dutchess County Golf Hall of Fame
Missouri Sports Hall of Fame
USA Table Tennis - USATT Hall of Fame
Frisbee Hall of Fame
Sailing World Hall of Fame
Juggling Hall of Fame
World Figure Skating Hall of Fame
National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame
The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame
Federation of International Cricketers Hall of Fame
Delaware State Bowling Council Hall of Fame
The Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame
USA Motor Sports Hall of Fame (Talladega, Alabama)
Meikel's Chess Hall Of Fame
National Senior Softball Hall of Fame
National Wheelchair Basketball Association Hall of Fame
The American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame
The York Barbell Hall of Fame



Non-Sports Halls of Fame

The Hall of Fame for Great Americans
National Teachers Hall of Fame
Shareware Industry Awards Foundation Hall of Fame
ICQ Inc. - Hall of Fame
Self-Publishers Hall of Fame
B-Movie Hall Of Fame!
Bookstore Hall of Fame
The LAW Hall of Fame
FIASI Hall of Fame
Angel of Fashion-Hall of Fame
National Inventors Hall of Fame
The Canadian Music Hall of Fame
The Greasergrrl Hall of Fame.
History of Medicine in Australia Hall of Fame
International Polka Hall of Fame
Gun Control Hall of Fame
Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame
Hackers' Hall of Fame
The American Nurses Association Hall of Fame
Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame
RotoGuru's Hall of Fame
The Home Computer Hall of Fame
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The National Women's Hall of Fame
International Clown Hall Of Fame
Ecology Hall of Fame
National Aviation Hall of Fame
Fonts & Things Hall of Fame
Useless WWW Page Hall of Fame
Refrigerator Hall Of Fame
Alabama Music Hall of Fame
Astronaut Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame - Solid Edge Designs
The Rockabilly Hall of Fame
International Mothers Hall of Fame
Bolivia Web - Hall of Fame
Georgia Music Hall of Fame
Jazz Hall of Fame
Discussion Forum Hall of Fame
Town Hall Conservative Hall of Fame
The National Inventors Hall of Fame
The Psychology Hall of Fame
Gustavus Adolphus Hall of Fame
Gospel Music Hall of Fame & Museum
Security Geeks Hall of Fame
Network Entrepreneur's Hall of Fame
India Hall of Fame
Anagram Hall of Fame
Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame
AFL Official Web Site - Hall of Fame
North Carolina Music Hall of Fame
Airlift-Tanker Association - Hall of Fame
Java Applet Resource Hall of Fame
1999 Hall of Fame - Churches
Alabama Women's Hall of Fame
TV Single Dad Hall of Fame
Ukulele Hall of Fame
Satire Hall of Fame
Colorado Institute of Art Hall of Fame
The United States Space Foundation Hall Of Fame
Cartoon Hall Of Fame
Tax Protester Hall of Fame
Mississippi Music Hall of Fame
John's Alaska Railroad Page Hall of Fame
NCF Fathering Hall of Fame
Quilters Hall of Fame
The Point Pleasant Beach Public Education Foundation Hall of Fame
Dumfries and Galloway Hall of Fame
Diplomacy Hall of Fame Home Page
Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
Quartermaster Hall of Fame
Speedy's Samurai Pizza Cats WWW Hall of Fame
The Puerto Rican Hall of Fame
Independent Book Publishers Hall of Fame
BEAT Hall of Fame
Adventurers Dive Log Underwater Photography Hall of Fame
Michigan Women's Hall of Fame
Father's Hall of Fame
The Reggae Hall Of Fame
Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame
The Advertising Slogan Hall of Fame
Old Time Fiddler's Hall of Fame
Hoax Hall of Fame
The Peanut Butter Hall of Fame
Fluid Mechanics Hall of Fame
Harsh Site Of The Day - Hall of Fame
The Accounting Hall Of Fame
Photography Hall Of Fame
Arizona Blues Hall Of Fame
Scholar Hall of Fame
Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame
Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame
The Thrilling Detective Hall of Fame
National Comedy Hall Of Fame
Irish Music Hall of Fame
The Iguana Hall of Fame
International Latin Music Hall of Fame
Telephone Hall of Fame
Celebrity Beauties Hall of Fame
United States Soaring Hall of Fame
Papyrology Hall of Fame
Radio Hall of Fame
Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame
Country Music Hall Of Fame
The Telecommuting Hall of Fame
The Road Transport Hall of Fame
International Harmonica Hall of Fame
The Empire Hall of Fame
Labor Hall of Fame
The Theory of Computing Hall of Fame
Idiom Hall of Fame
Norwegian American Hall of Fame
The Voice Actor Hall of Fame
World Drum Corps Hall of Fame
Golden Pasty Hall of Fame
Television Hall of Fame
The IPO Hall of Fame
Mushers Hall of Fame
Jewish-American Hall of Fame!
Hall of Fame - Southern Anti-Bigotry Coalition
Cajun French Music Association Hall of Fame
The Marketing Association of Thailand Hall of Fame
North America Railway Hall of Fame
The Gamebook Hall of Fame
Left Handed DNA Hall of Fame
Clown Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame for Great Americans
New York, New York



























Automobile Hall of Fame
Dearborn, Michigan


























Football Hall of Fame
Canton, Ohio



























Police Hall of Fame
Miami, Florida


























Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Cleveland, Ohio



























Baseball Hall of Fame Gallery
Cooperstown, New York

























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Published: February 11, 2000
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