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Meet The Panel

Before you could vote for the inaugural ESPN Boston Hall of Fame class,
we had to come up with a list of finalists.

That meant pondering all the sports luminaries in the history of Boston
and trimming the list to ... 20. Twenty. Not an easy task.

Rising to the challenge were five brave veterans of the Boston sports scene:



  • TOP PICKS
    • Bill Russell

    • Ted Williams

    • Bobby Orr

    • Red Auerbach

    • Larry Bird

    Jackie MacMullan

    Jackie MacMullan is an ESPN analyst who spent nearly 20 years writing for the Boston Globe. She worked on Sports Illustrated's staff from 1995-2000, has written three books and is the first female recipient of the Curt Gowdy Media Award for "outstanding career achievement in writing basketball.'' More »

  • TOP PICKS
    • Bill Russell

    • Ted Williams

    • Bobby Orr

    • Red Auerbach

    • Larry Bird

    Mike Reiss

    Mike Reiss, who joined ESPNBoston.com as a Patriots reporter in September 2009, grew up in Framingham, Mass., and has stayed close to his roots. He first started covering the Patriots in 1997, and from 2005 to 2009 he covered the Patriots for The Boston Globe, while also writing on the NFL. More »

  • TOP PICKS
    • Bill Russell

    • Ted Williams

    • Bobby Orr

    • Larry Bird

    • Bill Parcells

    Howard Bryant

    Howard Bryant is a senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine. He is the author of "Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston" and "Juicing the Game: Drugs, Power and the Fight for the Soul of Major League Baseball." More »

  • TOP PICKS
    • Bill Russell

    • Ted Williams

    • Bobby Orr

    • Larry Bird

    • Bob Cousy

    Joe McDonald

    Joe McDonald, a native Rhode Islander, joined ESPNBoston.com as a Bruins and Red Sox reporter in February 2010. He has worked at the Providence Journal since 1992, covering the Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots, PawSox and Providence Bruins for nine years. More »

  • TOP PICKS
    • Bill Russell

    • Ted Williams

    • Bobby Orr

    • Red Auerbach

    • Carl Yastrzemski

    Chris Forsberg

    Chris Forsberg, an Auburn, Mass., native who joined ESPNBoston.com in October 2009, has been reporting on Boston sports since joining The Globe as an intern from Northeastern University in 1999. With video camera in tow, Forsberg covered everything from high schools to the pros. More »