In addition to Tampa native Tony La Russa, five others will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame today:
Frank Edward Thomas
"The Big Hurt." Born May 27, 1968, in Columbus, Ga. … Hit .301 with 521 home runs and 1,704 RBIs in 19-year career, mostly with the White Sox. … Only player in major-league history to log seven straight seasons with a .300 average, 20 homers, 100 RBIs and 100 walks. … Was unanimous AL MVP in 1994; won award next season, too. … Holds White Sox franchise record for homers (448), doubles (447), RBIs (1,465), runs (1,327), extra-base hits (906), walks (1,466), total bases (3,949), slugging percentage (.568) and on-base percentage (.427). … 5-time All-Star. … First Hall of Famer who spent the majority of his career as a designated hitter.
Gregory Alan Maddux
"Mad Dog." Born April 14, 1966, in San Angelo, Texas. …Went 355-227 in 23 seasons with the Braves, Cubs, Padres and Dodgers, and ranks eighth on career wins list. … Won four straight Cy Young Awards (1992-95), leading NL in innings each season. … Won 15 or more games for 17 straight seasons and had a career ERA of 3.16. … Posted 1.56 ERA in 1994, followed up with 1.63 ERA the next year. … Known for pinpoint control, walked 999 in 5,0081/3 innings. … 10th in career strikeouts with 3,371. … Also a sharp fielder, won 18 Gold Gloves. … Eight-time All-Star.
Thomas Michael Glavine
Born March 25, 1966, in Concord, Mass. … Drafted by Braves in 1984 and also taken by the Kings in the NHL draft that year. … Went 305-203 in 22 seasons, 17 with Atlanta and five with Mets. … Ranks 21st on career wins list, fourth most for a left-hander. … The 1991 and 1998 NL Cy Young Award winner; also finished second twice in the voting. … 10-time All-Star. … Control pitcher with a nasty changeup, had 2,607 strikeouts. … Pitched one-hitter over eight innings to beat Cleveland in decisive Game 6 of 1995 World Series, the Braves' only championship during their run of 14 straight division titles. … Four-time Silver Slugger as top hitting pitcher in NL, registering 246 hits, 90 RBIs and 101 walks in his career.
Joseph Paul Torre
Born July 18, 1940, in Brooklyn, N.Y. …Ranks No. 5 on managerial list with 2,326 victories in 29 years. … Finished career as only player to amass more than 2,000 hits (2,342) and win more than 2,000 games as a manager. … A catcher, third baseman and first baseman, hit .297 with 252 homers and 1,185 RBIs. … Won 1971 NL MVP, batting .363 with 230 hits, 24 HRs and 137 RBIs. … Three teams he played for hired him as manager, with the Mets giving him the first chance, as player-manager in 1977. The others were the Braves and Cardinals, who both fired him. … Despite a pedestrian managerial record of 894-1,003, he took over Yankees in 1996 and restored team to dominance, winning 1,173 games against 767 losses, making 12 trips to the playoffs in 12 years and winning 10 division titles, six AL pennants and four World Series, including three in a row (1998-2000).
Robert Joe "Bobby'' Cox
Born May 21, 1941, in Tulsa, Okla. … Retired after 2010 season with 2,504 victories, fourth all time behind Connie Mack, John McGraw and Tony La Russa. … Guided Braves to unprecedented 14 straight division titles and 15 playoff appearances, winning one World Series championship. … Four-time manager of the year, three in NL. … Rare highlight as a player came in 1968 when his throw across the diamond to first baseman Mickey Mantle completed a triple play. … Holds major-league record with 161 career ejections.