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Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine
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Yesterday Major League Baseball announced that Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas were all elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. The induction will be July 27th in — guess where? — Cooperstown, NY.

Maddux and Glavine pitched together for many years on the staff of the Atlanta Braves, winning the 1995 World Series together. Maddux won four straight Cy Young Awards from 1992-1995, and Glavine won a pair himself (1991, 1998). Maddux’s 97.2 percent total is the eighth-highest of all time.

His first team was the Chicago Cubs. He started the only Cubs game I have seen in person. It was June 26th, 1990 and the Cubbies faced the Montreal Expos. I was taken to the game by some nice people who worked for the Cubs owners, the Tribune Company.

Since I was with the owners’ representatives I got to visit the clubhouse, got to meet TV play-by-play announcers Harry Carey and Steve Stone and had greats seats. Maddux pitched pretty good that day but did not get the decision.

The trio were all on the ballot for the first time. The last time the Hall admitted three first-timers was 1999, when it inducted Nolan Ryan, Robin Yount and George Brett (I have met Ryan and Brett). Thanks to Chris Cherbeski for most of the information in this article and allowing me to insert my little story in it.

Thomas, who was appropriately nicknamed “The Big Hurt,” was an offensive force during his 19-year career, winning back-to-back MVP awards in 1993 and 1994. His .419 career on-base percentage ranks 20th all time, ahead of Hall of Famers Wade Boggs and Stan Musial, and just behind Mickey Mantle.

A fourth player, Craig Biggio, missed election by just two votes.Also coming close, though not quite as close as Biggio, to election were Mike Piazza and Jack Morris. This is Morris’s last year on the writers’ ballot; his fate now lies with the Veterans Committee.

Below is a full list of all candidates and their vote totals. A player must receive votes on 75 percent of all ballots to be inducted (there were 571 total ballots cast).

Player (Years on Ballot) Total Votes Percentage
Greg Maddux (1) 555 97.2
Tom Glavine (1) 525 91.9
Frank Thomas (1) 478 83.7
Craig Biggio (2) 427 74.8
Mike Piazza (2) 355 62.2
Jack Morris (15) 351 61.5
Jeff Bagwell (4) 310 54.3
Tim Raines (7) 263 46.1
Roger Clemens (2) 202 35.4
Barry Bonds (2) 198 34.7
Lee Smith (12) 171 29.9
Curt Schilling (2) 167 29.2
Edgar Martinez (5) 144 25.2
Alan Trammell (13) 119 20.8
Mike Mussina (1) 116 20.3
Jeff Kent (1) 87 15.2
Fred McGriff (8) 67 11.7
Mark McGwire (8) 63 11.0
Larry Walker (4) 58 10.2
Don Mattingly (14) 47 8.2
Sammy Sosa (2) 41 7.2
Rafael Palmeiro (4) 25 4.4
Moises Alou (1) 6 1.1
Hideo Nomo (1) 6 1.1
Luis Gonzalez (1) 5 0.9
Eric Gagne (1) 2 0.4
J.T. Snow (1) 2 0.4
Armando Benitez (1) 1 0.2
Jacque Jones (1) 1 0.2
Kenny Rogers (1) 1 0.2
Sean Casey (1) 0 0.0
Ray Durham (1) 0 0.0
Todd Jones (1) 0 0.0
Paul Lo Duca (1) 0 0.0
Richie Sexson (1) 0 0.0
Mike Timlin (1) 0 0.0



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