"New members are [elected primarily by football writers and] announced annually the weekend of the Super Bowl," then "enshrined" in August just before the start of the NFL preseason. ESPN says that players and coaches are eligible to be named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame after being retired for five years. Other "contributors," such as team owners or league executives, may come up for a membership vote at any time. When "enshrined," every new member gets the rare gold jacket of membership in this extraordinary group.
She is the clear proof that not all polo legends are made astride a horse. Louise Eustis Hitchcock was a passionate poloist long before women became equal to men on the field, and her legacy in the sport surpasses that of most men. Wife of ten-goaler Thomas Hitchcock, Sr., and mother of the great Tommy Hitchcock Jr., Mrs. Hitchcock was a born leader and visionary. Her turf was the Aiken Preparatory School and the Meadow Lark Club where she coached and inspired future polo stars, themselves today members of the Polo Hall of Fame. Few can be credited with producing as much polo excellence as Louise Hitchcock. No other woman has earned such stature in our sport.