MLB: Atlanta Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine elected to Hall of Fame
Last Updated: 08/01/14 8:45pm
Greg Maddux: Eighth best pitcher in MLB history
Former Atlanta pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine have been elected to Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame along with retired slugger Frank Thomas.
Maddux received a remarkable 97.2% support from the 571 votes cast in a poll of baseball writers and broadcasters, while his former Braves team-mate Glavine earned 91.9% backing.
Not since Walter Johnson and Christy Mathewson were inducted in the inaugural class of 1936 have two pitchers been elected to the Hall of Fame in the first year of eligibility.
Maddux, who also played for the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego, is the eighth most successful pitcher in MLB history with 355 wins and an ERA of 3.16 over his 23-year career.
He also collected 18 Gold Gloves and won four consecutive National League Cy Young awards between 1992 and 1995.
Glavine picked up two Cy Young awards and has 305 wins in his 22 seasons, and the pair starred in some of the most feared starting rotations in MLB history alongside the likes of John Smoltz, Denny Neagle, Kevin Millwood and Steve Avery.
Thomas was the third player voted in with an 83.7% support rate following his stellar 19-year career with the Chicago White Sox, Toronto and Oakland.
The slugger finished with a batting average of just over .300, hitting 521 home runs while driving in a further 1,704 runs.
The trio will be inducted at a star-studded ceremony on July 27 at the Hall of Fame headquarters in Cooperstown along with legendary managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa.
Cox was a long-time manager for the Braves and oversaw Glavine and Maddux during their dominant pitching era in the 1990s.
But there was disappointment for former Houston star Craig Biggio, who received 74.8% support in the voting to fall agonisingly short of the required 75%.
The Astros slugger, who had 3,060 hits in his 20-year career, would have been the seventh man to be inducted in July had he polled just another two votes.