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Hall of Fame - Distaff Dissed?

Many have been congratulating Michael Rosenberg for being selected for induction into the ACBL Hall of Fame this summer. Michael's talents and achievements are amazing; a most worthy new member.

Yet, I continue to wonder what women must achieve to receive this honor. Yes, we do have a few women who have made it into the Hall of Fame. Nevertheless, it seems that women can have quite impressive stats - but either never make it in.... or have to endure multiple times up at bat to finally gain entrance.

These three women were on this year's ballot; none were selected.


Lynn Deas, Schenectady NY – 26 NABC wins, including the Marsha May Sternberg Women’s Board-a-Match Teams at this tournament, and six world championships, including three gold in the Venice Cup.

Beth Palmer, Chevy Chase MD – 27 NABC wins, including the Women’s BAM in Providence, eight Wagar Women’s Knockout Teams titles and three world titles, including two Venice Cup gold medals.

Judi Radin, New York City – 16 North American championships, four gold medals in world championships – three in women’s teams and one in women’s pairs – and four silver medals.

We all recognize that most female bridge stars who work professionally do so primarily in women's events. And we also recognize that the major open events and women's events are not created equal in several respects.

Yet, given this, what are our top women players to do to get recognized? If they must play and win in open events, then how are they to make a living? If dozens of NABC wins and international titles aren't enough to get into the Hall of Fame - then should we have a separate Women's Hall of Fame?

I'm not pushing any specific changes to Hall of Fame procedures. Nevertheless, it troubles me that the best women in our game too often are either not getting the recognition they deserve - or, they are having to jump through hoops that our male counterparts do not for this honor.


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