Fame is also a relative, sometimes transitory, concept, and while FB cannot dispute that those who are cited have achieved much and contributed greatly to the fortunes of cricket in Scotland, he had hoped that his commitment to eating tea might have commended itself to the judges. But it was not to be. Hard decisions had to be made.
The first 10 inductees include several who have been mentioned in FB's posts, although he is uncertain the extent to which that definition of fame may have influenced the judges. But FB himself is not among them - he is confident that his turn will come. There are other interesting omissions. It is not often that FB and Douglas Jardine, the bodyline skipper, can be considered in the same breath, but they both must wait their turn for induction. Jardine had Scottish roots and undoubtedly achieved at the highest level but the fact that he did not play in or for Scotland will disqualify him for induction. (See FB's previous post on Scottish players playing outside Scotland
There is also a Scottish Sports Hall of Fame curated by sportscotland and the National Museum of Scotland. FB recalls meeting fellow Aberdonian Denis Law at the opening of the installation on St Andrew's Day 2002. He is uncertain whether the Lawman remembers meeting FB.
|Law - may not remember FB|
Denness is rightly in CricketScotland's Hall of Fame, as is Melville, but MacLeod does not feature - disregarded like FB and Jardine. Perhaps like Jardine this is because his senior cricket was played outside Scotland.
|K G Macleod|
As if that wasn't enough, MacLeod played soccer for Manchester City. As a student he was Scottish long-jump champion and he represented Cambridge University at the long jump and in sprint events. He emigrated to South Africa and played golf to the highest level winning the Amateur Golf Championship of Natal.
There will be 2 inductees to the CricketScotland Hall of Fame each year from 2012, MacLeod, Jardine and FB may well be fighting it out next year. Get your votes in early (and often).