Today is the Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cooperstown. At least two of my friends made the trip: Rob and Tom. Thumbnails of the inductees:
Greg Maddux: According to ESPN's Tim Kurkjian says Maddux is one of the five greatest pitchers in history. Greatest control pitcher, and greatest fielding pitcher in history. Won 15 or more games an amazing 17 straight seasons - a record that will never be broken. Won a record 18 Gold Gloves. First pitcher to win four straight Cy Young Awards.
Tom Glavine: Kurkjian calls him one of the ten greatest left-handers. Won two Cy Young Awards and was a 300 game winner. Won four Silver Slugger awards.
Frank Thomas: Kurkjian called him one of the top ten greatest right-handed hitters of all time. In 1994 he had one of the greatest all around offensive seasons in history. Hit 521 home runs and won two straight MVPs. From Columbus, GA. Played football and baseball at Auburn.
Tony LaRussa: Third on all-time managerial win list. Managed the White Sox, A's, and Cardinals. Only manager to win 500 games for three teams. Briefly played for the Braves.
Bobby Cox: Fourth on the all-time managerial win list.
Joe Torre: Fifth on the all-time managerial win list. Played for the Braves, Cardinals, and Mets - then later managed all three teams.