SB45 Trivia: Deion the best ever?

Sunday, February 06 2011 @ 04:38 PM EST

Contributed by: Mick Doherty

So Deion Sanders is headed to the Hall of Fame ... that's right, the .273 career hitter, sho stole 56 bases over parts of nine MLB seasons learned yetsreday that he'll be inducted this summer into the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, and rightfully so.

Which got me to thinkiing -- is he the best MLB vet in the Canton Hall? The only others I could think of are Jim Thorpe (.252 over parts of six seasons) and George Halas (2-for-22 with the 1919 Yankees, the year before they acquired a new RF with a football player's body, fella named Ruth). Deion pretty clearly outpaces both.

That said, is anyone missing from that list? Has anyone in Cooperstown played in the NFL? (I think one umpire did, but players?) And before anyone makes a "Bo knows" crack, Jackson was an All=Star in both leagues, but has not -- and will not -- earn enshrinement in either Hall.