A look at National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox prior to Sunday's induction ceremonies at Cooperstown, N.Y.
Born May 27, 1968, in Columbus, Ga. ... Nicknamed "The Big Hurt" ... Hit .301 in 19-year major-league career with 521 home runs and 1,704 runs batted in, mostly with the Chicago White Sox ... Only player in MLB history to log seven straight seasons with a .300 average, 20 homers, 100 RBIs and 100 walks ... Was unanimous American League 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) ... five-time all-star ... First Hall of Famer who spent the majority of his career as a designated hitter ... At 6-foot-5, was a tight end at Auburn, catching three passes for 45 yards ... Batted .359 with a school-record 21 homers in his first season at Auburn, made All-SEC in his second season and chosen SEC MVP the following year ... Selected by White Sox with the seventh pick in 1989 draft ... Debuted with White Sox in August 1990 and hit .330 with 21 extra-base hits and a team-high .529 slugging mark ... In 1991 split time at first base and DH and hit .318 with 32 homers and 109 RBIs. Also led the AL with 138 walks. ... In 1992 hit .323 and tied for the league lead with 46 doubles ... Batted .317 with 41 homers and 128 RBIs in 1993. Had a .729 slugging average, 109 walks and 106 runs to go with 38 homers, 101 RBIs and .353 average in strike-shortened 1994 season ... Led AL in 1997 with a .347 average and .456 on-base percentage ... Became full-time DH in 1998 ... Broke ankle for second time in 2005 as White Sox won the World Series with him on bench ... Signed with Oakland Athletics as free agent prior to 2006 season and had 39 homers, 114 RBIs, .545 slugging average and .381 on-base percentage ... Became free agent and signed two-year deal with Toronto in November 2006 ... Led Blue Jays with 26 homers, 95 RBIs, 81 walks, and a .377 on-base average in 2007 ... Released by Toronto in April 2008 ... Prior to spring training in 2010, signed a one-day contract with White Sox to announce his retirement.
Born April 14, 1966, in San Angelo, Texas ... Nicknamed "Mad Dog" ... Went 355-227 in 23 seasons with the Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers and ranks eighth on career wins list ... Won four straight Cy Young Awards (1992-95), leading National League in innings each season ... Won 15 or more games for 17 straight seasons and had a career earned-run average 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 5,008 1/3 innings ... 10th in strikeouts with 3,371 ... Also a sharp fielder, won 18 Gold Gloves ... eight-time all-star ... Joined Tom Glavine and John Smoltz as mainstays of Braves staff, helping Atlanta win 14 division titles in a row ... Received votes on 97.2 per cent of writers ballots, eighth-highest total in Hall of Fame history.
Born March 25, 1966, in Concord, Mass. ... Drafted by Braves in 1984 and also taken by the Los Angeles Kings in the NHL draft that year ... Went 305-203 in 22 MLB seasons, 17 with Atlanta and five with New York Mets ... Ranks 21st on career wins list, fourth-most for a left-hander ... 1991 and 1998 NL Cy Young Award winner and also finished second twice in voting ... 10-time all-star ... five 20-win seasons ... Led NL in starts six times ... A control pitcher with a nasty change-up, had 2,607 strikeouts ... Will forever be remembered in Atlanta for pitching one-hit ball over eight innings to beat the Cleveland Indians in decisive Game 6 of 1995 World Series, the Braves' only championship during their run of 14 straight division titles ... Went 20-11 in 1991 to help Atlanta go from worst to first, the first of three straight 20-win seasons. ... four-time Silver Slugger as top hitting pitcher in NL, registering 246 hits, 90 RBIs and 101 walks in his career.
Born July 18, 1940, in Brooklyn, N.Y. ... Ranks No. 5 on managerial wins 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, according to STATS ... Well-respected as a catcher, third baseman and first baseman, hitting .297 with 252 homers and 1,185 RBIs as a player ... 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 a player-manager in 1977 ... Won a division title with Atlanta in 1982, but Braves were beaten by the St. Louis Cardinals in five games ... Fired by Atlanta in 1984 and worked as a California Angels broadcaster until St. Louis hired him as manager late in the 1990 season ... Fired by Cardinals in 1995 despite winning records in his three full seasons ... Despite a pedestrian managerial record of 894-1,003, took over New York Yankees in 1996 and restored team to dominance, winning 1,173 games against only 767 losses, making 12 trips to the playoffs in 12 years, winning 10 division titles, six AL pennants, and four World Series, including three in a row (1998-2000) ... In 1998 guided the Yankees to a then-AL record 114 regular-season wins ... In 2001, deftly led the Yankees through the post-season in a city shaken by the Sept. 11 terror attacks, leading the club in a champagne toast after winning the AL Championship Series rather than allowing an all-out celebration ... Lost 2001 World Series in seven games to the Arizona Diamondbacks when Mariano Rivera gave up Luis Gonzalez's broken-bat hit in the ninth ... Lost 2004 ALCS after leading the Boston Red Sox, 3-0 ... Took over Dodgers in 2008 and won two division titles in three years, finishing a 50-year career with trips to the playoffs in 14 of his final 15 years ... Retired from on-field duties in 2010.
TONY LA RUSSA
Born Oct. 4, 1944, in Tampa, Fla. ... Ranks third in career victories as a manager, behind only Connie Mack and John McGraw, with 2,728 wins against 2,365 losses ... Chosen manager of the year in 1983, 1988, 1992 and 2002 ... Won 12 division titles, six pennants and World Series titles in 1989, 2006 and 2011. The Cardinals' Game 7 win over Texas in 2011 marked La Russa's final game in the dugout. ... Signed by Kansas City Athletics in 1962 and also played for Oakland, Atlanta and Cubs in a six-year major-league career as an infielder ... Batted .199 with 35 hits in 176 major league at-bats with no home runs and 7 RBIs in 132 games ... After earning law degree at Florida State University and giving managing a try in the minor leagues was elevated to manage the White Sox in 1979... Won one division title before being fired by White Sox during 1986 season ... Hired by Oakland weeks later and from 1988-92 led the team to four AL West titles, three AL pennants and 1989 World Series title ... Took over St. Louis from 1996-2011 and averaged 88 wins a year, capturing seven NL Central titles, three NL pennants and two World Series titles.
Born May 21, 1941, in Tulsa, Okla. ... Retired after 2010 season with 2,504 victories, fourth all-time behind only Connie Mack, John McGraw and Tony La Russa ... Guided Braves to unprecedented 14 straight division titles and 15 playoff appearances ... four-time manager of the year (three in NL) ... Light-hitting infielder who appeared in 220 games for the Yankees in 1968-69, batting .225 with nine homers and 58 RBIs ... Rare highlight as a player came in 1968 when his throw across the diamond to first baseman Mickey Mantle completed a triple play ... Landed first MLB managing job with Braves in 1978, lasting four years with only winning season before being fired ... Guided Blue Jays to AL East title in 1985 ... Lured back to Atlanta as general manager and oversaw a dismal era in late 1980s, including a 106-loss season ... Returned to the dugout and guided the Braves from worst to first in 1991, losing seven-game World Series to Minnesota ... Behind aces Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, Atlanta captured the 1995 World Series .... Holds MLB record of 161 career ejections.