Browsing: June 12

A Brief History On June 12, 1939, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum opened in Cooperstown, New York.  The Hall had been established 3 years earlier, and the physical building was dedicated at this time (1939).  Despite the 310 players, umpires, managers, and various officials inducted, their ranks are missing some of the biggest stars of all time. Digging Deeper Pete Rose is the all time major league hits leader, and yet he is refused entry based on his admitted involvement in gambling on baseball games, an activity expressly forbidden in virtually any sport.  Home run kings Mark…

A Brief History On June 12, 1987, Emperor Bokassa, former leader of the Central African Empire, was sentenced to death for atrocities during his reign of 13 years.  At least he was acquitted of cannibalism!  Goofy leaders like Bokassa have appeared throughout history and continue to appear.  Here we list 10 such buffoons, people of massive egos, incredible cruelty, sub-standard intellect, or just plain old buffoonery.  We are talking about goofs that could just as easily be a cartoon character villain.  These guys have pictures of themselves all over their country, statues, too.  Sometimes they declare themselves a god or…