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Get an inside look at Hall of Fame induction day in Cooperstown

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On Sunday, the National Baseball Hall of Fame inducted the Class of 2014 into its hallowed halls in Cooperstown. Some of the greatest players and managers to ever wear a uniform were officially enshrined. Names like:

Greg Maddux, Pitcher

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Tom Glavine, Pitcher

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Frank Thomas, First baseman and DH

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Joe Torre, Manager

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Bobby Cox, Manager

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Tony La Russa, Manager

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Fans soon started streaming in: 

But it wasn't just the fans showing up. Hall of Famers were being brought in by the busload: 

Tommy Lasorda got all dressed up:  

The Gwynn family visited Tony Gwynn's plaque: 

While everyone else was in Cooperstown, the legendary Jay Horwitz stopped by to have a few words with Hall of Famer Bob Uecker while in Milwaukee:

First to the podium was Greg Maddux. Even with 355 wins and four Cy Young awards to his name, his greatest feat may have be working in a reference to lighting farts on fire:

He also worked in digs at John Smoltz's receding hairline: 

And discussed how he was mistaken for a batboy before his first Major League game: 

Following Maddux was his long-time manager, Bobby Cox. Somehow, despite managing nearly 30 years (getting ejected a record 158 times), there were still some baseball fans who didn't immediately recognize the skipper: 

The manager then reminisced about the time he came out to tell Tom Glavine to intentionally walk a batter. The only problem? The bases were loaded: 

Tom Glavine soon took the stage himself. Like Maddux, he couldn't resist poking a little fun at John Smoltz: 

The second manager to speak was Tony La Russa. Naturally, the man known for revolutionizing the use of the bullpen told a story about coming out to remove Dave Stewart:  

As for the secret behind managing, La Russa gave a little tip: the best managers are the worst players.

An emotional Frank Thomas next took the podium, thanking his family for their support and Hawk Harrelson for nicknaming him Big Hurt: 

The White Sox fans loved it: 

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And then it was time for the final inductee to speak: manager Joe Torre. Despite hitting 252 home runs and winning the 1971 MVP award, Torre readily recalled the day that he grounded into four double plays: 

Torre then revealed the secret to Greg Maddux's success: he is a pitching zombie with no pulse. 

The day was then over, long before anyone was ready for it to end. But there was a silver lining: six new plaques were now ready to hang in the Hall. 

 


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