Tony La Russa, Joe Torre, Bobby Cox unanimously elected to Hall of Fame


The Veterans Committee unanimously elected three longtime managers: Tony La Russa, Joe Torre, and Bobby Cox to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July.

Jul 16, 2013; Flushing, NY, USA; MLB executive Joe Torre (left) talks with former manager Tony La Russa before the 2013 All Star Game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

La Russa, managed the Chicago White Sox from 1979-86, and won World Series titles with the Oakland Athletics in 1989 and St. Louis Cardinals in 2006 and 2011. Torre won four titles with the New York Yankees in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and Cox with the Atlanta Braves in 1995. Each of the inductees won more than 2,000 games in managerial careers that spanned more than four decades.

No former players, nor executives or late Player Association head Marvin Miller were not voted in. No other candidates including Miller and the late George Steinbrenner received a majority of votes.

Election into the Hall requires 75 percent, 12 of the 16 votes. Hall chairwoman Jane Forbes Clark said none of the other nine candidates received more than six votes from the 16-man committee.

Dave Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Billy Martin, Dave Parker, Dan Quisenberry, and Ted Simmons were the other candidates on the ballot.

The Hall of Fame voting, conducted by the Baseball Writers Association of America will be announced on Jan. 9. Players selected will join Cox, Torre, and La Russa on July 27 in Cooperstown as apart of the 2014 Hall of Fame class.

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