Three big names were elected into the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, and one of them was "The Big Hurt." ESPN reported that Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine, and Greg Maddux were all elected int by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
All three are very deserving of the honor, and their career statistics prove it.
Frank Thomas played with the Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, and Oakland Athletics over a Major League Baseball career that spanned 19 seasons. He was a two-time MVP in the American League and finished with a career batting average of .301 with 521 homers and 1,704 RBIs.
Greg Maddux had a career that went on for 23 seasons and it was spread among the Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He finished eighth on the all-time wins list with a record of 355-227 and a 3.16 ERA.
Maddux also has a record 18 Gold Gloves, was an eight-time All-Star, and won four consecutive Cy Young Awards in the mid-nineties.
Tom Glavine played with Greg Maddux for a long time during his 22-year career. Glavine was a 10-time All-Star, two-time Cy Young Award winner, and had a career record of 305-203.
Glavine played with the Braves twice and the New York Mets between those stints.