Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and slugger Frank Thomas were elected Wednesday to the baseball Hall-of-Fame in voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
It was the first time since 1999 that the writers had voted in three players in the same year. They will be inducted on July 27 in Cooperstown, New York along with managers Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre, who were elected earlier by an expansion-era committee.
Craig Biggio fell two votes short of election, and tied Pie Traynor (1947) and Nellie Fox (1985) as the players who missed election to the Hall by the smallest margin.
In 23 Major League seasons, Maddux won 355 games (355-227), posted a career 3.16 ERA, won four Cy Young Awards and 18 Gold Gloves, and was named to the National League All-Star team 18 times.
Glavine, a long-time teammate of Maddux, was a 10-time All-Star who won two Cy Young honors. Over 22 seasons, his record was 305-203.
Thomas, who spent much of his career as a designated hitter, finished 19 American League seasons with 521 home runs and a career batting average of .301.