The Commission Award is given every session to someone the Commissioner feels is deserving in the areas of film/tv, music, and sports. Often, the people who receive the Commissioner Award were never nominees in consideration.
Film/ TV: Tim Mattheson
The original otter! Animal House, Fletch, and TONS of other films–he is what the HOPDG is about-excellence under-appreciated.
Sports: The San Diego Chicken/Ted Giannoulas
The 1982, 1983, and 1984 Donruss sports cards sets included a card for The Chicken, with an offer on the back allowing purchasers to send the card to The Chicken himself to autograph it. Some Players only have one or two cars, but this mascot, arguable the most famous of all time, had THREE!
Music: Spinal Tap
The started the Mockumentary film genre, performed there own music, toured, then reunited for a new CD and TOUR! Say the line “Mine goes to Eleven to ANYONE IN MUSIC, and they know the film!
MUSIC :Billy Preston
Billy Preston is considered one of the greatest rock keyboard players EVER, ranking #7 in a recent poll.(FYI: the other 6 are in the HOF.) Combine this with the fact he WAS PLAYING WITH THE BEATLES ON THE ROOF FOR THEIR LAST PERFORMANCE.
SPORTS: Buck O’Neil
Perhaps the greatest spokesperson for baseball, it is true shame this man is not in the HOF, but I am happy to announce Buck O’Neil the Commissioner’s Award for Sports for the Winter Session!
FILM: Woody Strode
Woody Strode served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He returned to appear in Spartacus, The Man Who Shot Liberty Vallance, The Professionals, etc. during a time when parts of black America couldn’t even go to the same schools as whites! Of Course he beyond PDG, but this is why he is receiving the Commissioner’s Award for Film/TV
Music: Tammi Terrell
Oh, what could have been…In 1963, her first charting single “I Cried” reached #99 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Frustrated with her failure, she decided to quit the music business and enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania where she spent the next two years as a pre-med major. In 1965, on her 20th birthday, she signed on with Berry Gordy who changed her professional name to Tammi Terrell. In 1967, Tammi began recording with Marvin Gaye, they had a close platonic relationship and the duo released a string of hits including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Your Precious Love”. While performing live with Marvin at Hampden-Sydney College she collapsed and was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.
If anyone knows her story,and her FAMILY’S story, this is a no-brainer!
Film: Graham Greene
When most people think of First Nation Actors, two names are named: Wes Studi and Graham Greene. Graham has been in countless films and is beyond Pretty Darned Good; he is Kwa’nyohkwi: satshá:nit (in his native Oneida language.)
Music: Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem
They performed on TV for years, numerous songs, the drummer is an ICON for the instrument, and have you ever seen the list of who they performed with!
July 2021 Sports Baseball: Ed Reulbach
Ed Reulbach was nominated with the original 40 HOPDG nominees in an attempt to include Golden era players. Otters did not vote for often for Mr. Reulbach, but he did receive votes, hence he remained active for the entire duration. One of the leading candidates for the title, “The Most Overlooked Man In Baseball History,” A 182-106 win/loss record and a 2.28ERA over 13 seasons, he also pitched ambidextrously. Upon retirement, he joined the Chicago police force which he served at until his retirement