After a shutout on last year’s Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, the Baseball Writers' Association of America hit a triple for 2014.
HOF president Jeff Idelson announced Wednesday that the BBWAA members had voted to enshrine three new members, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas.
The trio will join managers Tony LaRussa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox, who were selected by the Expansion Era Committee, on the stage at the Clark Sports Center on July 27. One day earlier, on July 26, the Hall will also honor Ford C. Frick Award winner Eric Nadel, Spink Award winner Roger Angell and Buck O’Neil Award winner Joe Garagiola.
It is the first time that three inductees have been voted in by the BBWAA since 1999 when Nolan Ryan, George Brett and Robin Yount were enshrined.
Maddux, who won four consecutive National League Cy Young Awards from 1992 to 1995, was not listed on 16 ballots. He got 97.2 percent of the vote, or 555 votes out of 571 ballots.
Tom Seaver has the highest vote percentage in the history of HOF voting with 98.84 percent in 1992. Nolan Ryan, elected in 1999, with 98.79 percent, Cal Ripken, Jr., 98.53 percent in 1997, and Ty Cobb, 98.23 percent in 1936, have the next highest percentages.
Since Maddux split much of his career between two teams, the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs, HOF officials said they will announce which team's cap will appear on his plaque next week. He played for the Cubs from 1986 to 1992 and from 2002 to 2004. He played with the Braves from 1993 to 2003. He also played with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres.
Maddux said that getting enshrined with his longtime Braves' teammate Tom Glavine and their manager Bobby Cox will make the day more special than if he had been inducted alone.
“It is almost a fairy tale ending,” he said. “They only thing that screwed it up was Smoltzy (teammate John Smoltz) waited one more year (to retire.)”