Cooperstown Welcomes Six Into the Baseball Hall of Fame
An estimated 48,000 fans were in Cooperstown yesterday as the Baseball Hall of Fame welcomed in six new members. Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Tony LaRussa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre all were inducted in ceremonies at the Clark Sports Center.
Frank Thomas blasted 521 home runs over a 19-year Major League career. Tom Glavine won 305 games in 22 seasons with the Braves and Mets. Greg Maddux was the victor in 355 Major League outings and won
four consecutive Cy Young Awards. Three of the game’s greatest managers also were enshrined.
Bobby Cox managed the Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays for 29 seasons. He was named Manager of the Year four times. He led the Braves to the post-season in 15 consecutive seasons. They won five pennants and the 1995 World Series under his tutelage.
Tony LaRussa managed the White Sox, Oakland and the Cardinals over 33 seasons. He led his teams to three World Series championships and earned Manager of the Year honors four times. He and Sparky Anderson are the only managers to win World Series titles in both leagues and the only manager to win All-Star games in both leagues.
Joe Torre managed 29 seasons in the Major Leagues including stints with the Mets, Braves, Cardinals and Dodgers. His greatest success came with the Yankees where his teams won six pennants and four World Series crowns in 12 seasons . He earned Manager of the Year honors twice. Torre was also a standout player. In 18 years as a big league catcher/third baseman Torre was named to nine All-Star Game clubs. He also won the National League MVP Award in 1971.