Baseball Hall Of Fame Welcomes Players, Managers In 2014
Monday Jul 28, 2014 12:00am
(COOPERSTOWN, NY) - Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy. Being enshrined in the Hall of Fame can have those effects, even on the greats. Thomas, pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and managers Bobby Cox, Torre and La Russa were inducted into the baseball shrine Sunday, and all paid special tribute to their families before an adoring crowd of nearly 50,000. The 46 year old Thomas, the first player elected to the Hall who spent more than half of his time as a designated hitter. He's the only player in major league history to log seven straight seasons with a .300 average, 20 homers, 100 RBI and 100 walks. The day was a reunion of sorts for the city of Atlanta. Glavine, Maddux and Cox were part of a remarkable run of success by the Braves. They won an unprecedented 14 straight division titles and made 15 playoff appearances, winning the city's lone major professional sports title.