And Baseball's 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees Are...

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2014 1:45 PM CST
And Baseball's 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees Are...
Greg Maddux en route to his 300th career win in 2004. He was with the Cubs here, but spent most of his career with the Braves.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas were all elected to the Hall of Fame today, all on their first ballots. It's the first time three first-balloters have been elected since 1999, USA Today reports, and comes just a year after the Baseball Writers of Association of America sent exactly no one to Cooperstown. Maddux got a definitive 97.2% of the vote, and his longtime teammate Glavine got 91.9%. Both Braves hurlers were 300-game winners, with Maddux boasting a historically low walk rate, and Glavine earning two Cy Youngs and 10 All-Star Game appearances, ESPN reports.

Frank "The Big Hurt" Thomas got 83.7% of the vote, on a resume that includes 521 home runs and two AL MVP awards. Craig Biggio came agonizingly close to joining the trio, earning 74.8% of the vote, a hair away from the requisite 75%. And Jack Morris, in his last year of eligibility, fell short once again with 61.5%. As for the elephants in the room—steroid-linked greats like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens—none cracked 50%. (More Baseball Hall of Fame stories.)

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