|Daniel Okrent and Glenn Waggoner|
DANIEL OKRENT & GLENN WAGGONER
It was only appropriate that the two people most responsible for the growth of fantasy baseball were the first ones inducted into the Fantasy Sports Hall of Fame. Daniel
Okrent and Glen Waggoner Founding Fathers of Rotisserie Baseball were officially inducted into the Hall of Fame at March’s Fantasy Sports Trade Conference in Orlando.
Okrent, who invented the rules of Rotisserie Baseball in 1979, was in Asia on assignment and unable to attend the event. Waggoner, however, made the trip to Orlando and was humbled by the honor from the industry. The Hall of Fame is being sponsored by the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
"On behalf of my fellow Founding Fathers and Mother of Rotisserie League Baseball, I want to thank the FSTA for the great honor being bestowed on us,” Waggoner told the crowd of 100 attendees. "Needless to say, we never had a clue that it would come to this. I distinctly remember the thrill of buying Neil Allen for two bucks at our first Auction Draft in 1980. I also remember buying Gene Richards for $9 and flipping through the Baseball Register to find out who he played for. When Okrent published his seminal article, ‘The Year George Foster Wasn’t Worth $35,’ in Inside Sports in 1981, we basked in our 15 minutes of celebrity. And we figured that was that. But of course it wasn’t.”
Waggoner was the editor of the Rotisserie League Baseball books which spawned the growth of this industry in the 1980s, even if it became more like work each year.
"We had a gang of fun introducing an unsuspecting world to our peculiar craziness in the inaugural edition of Rotisserie League Baseball in 1984,” said Waggoner. "Personally, I had a gang of fun editing the first nine editions, even after it became work. But most of all, we¹ve all had a gang of fun playing the game.”