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
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)
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(Newser) – 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%. (Read more Baseball Hall of Fame stories.)

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