Six all-time greats to be inducted today into Baseball HOF

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A look at the six all-time great players and managers that will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame at today's induction ceremony.

FRANK THOMAS

Hit .301 with 521 home runs and 1,704 RBI in 19-year career mostly with the Chicago White Sox ... Only player in major league history to log seven straight seasons with a .300 average, 20 homers, 100 RBI and 100 walks ... Was unanimous AL MVP in 1994; won award next season, too ... Holds White Sox franchise record for homers (448), doubles (447), RBI (1,465), runs (1,327), extra-base hits (906), walks (1,466), total bases (3,949), slugging percentage (.568) and on-base percentage (.427) ... 5-time All-Star.

GREG MADDUX

Went 355-227 in 23 seasons with the Braves, Cubs, Padres and Dodgers and ranks eighth on career wins list. ... Won 4 straight Cy Young Awards (1992-95), leading NL in innings each season. ... Won 15 or more games for 17 straight seasons and had a career ERA 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 5,0081⁄3 innings ... 10th in strikeouts with 3,371. ... Also a sharp fielder, won 18 Gold Gloves. ... 8-time All-Star.

TOM GLAVINE

Drafted by Atlanta Braves in 1984 and also taken by the Los Angeles Kings in the NHL draft that year. ... Went 305-203 in 22 seasons, 17 with Atlanta and 5 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 2nd twice in the voting. ... 10-time All-Star. ... Five 20-win seasons.

JOE TORRE

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 RBI as a player. ... Won 1971 NL MVP, batting .363 with 230 hits, 24 HRs and 137 RBI. Despite a pedestrian managerial record of 894-1,003, took over 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).

TONY LA RUSSA

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. ... Managed St. Louis from 1996-2011 and averaged 88 wins a year, capturing seven NL Central titles, three NL pennants, and two World Series titles.

BOBBY COX

Retired after 2010 season with 2,504 victories, fourth all-time behind only Connie Mack, John McGraw and Tony La Russa. ... Guided Atlanta Braves to unprecedented 14 straight division titles and 15 playoff appearances. ... Four-time Manager of the Year. ... Guided Toronto Blue Jays to AL East championship 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 championship.

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