No team logos on Hall of Fame plaques for Greg Maddux, Tony La Russa

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Greg Maddux and Tony La Russa will not have logos on their Hall of Fame plaques.

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The decision was announced Thursday by the Hall, which said Joe Torre’s plaque will have the logo of the New York Yankees.

Plaques for Tom Glavine and Bobby Cox will have Atlanta Braves logos, and Frank Thomas’ will have the logo of the Chicago White Sox.

The six will be inducted during ceremonies on July 27. Of the 300 previous Hall members, 86 have caps with logos and 42 don’t have caps.

Maddux began his big league career with the Chicago Cubs from 1986-92, winning the first of his four Cy Young Awards in his final season at Wrigley Field. He was with the Braves from 1993-03, winning Cy Youngs in his first three seasons in Atlanta, then returned to the Cubs from 2004-06. He also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres from 2006-08.

“I feel good about it, I spent half my career in Chicago and half of my career in Atlanta,” Maddux said during a news conference in Arlington, Texas. “I love both places. ... For me, I couldn’t pick. I really couldn’t. ... So I’m going to go in neutral, I guess.”

La Russa managed the Chicago White Sox (1979-86), Oakland (1986-95) and St. Louis (1996-11), winning World Series titles in 1989, 2006 and 2011.

“The Chicago White Sox gave me my start in the game,” La Russa said. “In Oakland, we recorded four first-place finishes in 10 years, winning three pennants and a World Series. And in St. Louis, our clubs won three pennants and two titles in 16 years. I am choosing to not feature a logo so that fans of all clubs can celebrate this honor with me.”

Torre managed the Yankees from 1996-07, winning Series titles in 1996 and from 1998-00. He also managed the New York Mets (1977-81), Atlanta (1982-84), St. Louis (1990-95) and the Dodgers (2008-10).

“(With the Yankees) ... it was an opportunity to realize my lifelong dream of winning the World Series,” Torre said. Decisions were relatively simple for the others.

Glavine pitched for the Braves from 1987-02 and in 2008, spending 2003-07 with the Mets.

Cox managed the Braves from 1978-81, and managed Toronto from 1982-85. He became the Braves’ manager again in 1990 and stayed through 2010, leading Atlanta to 14 straight division titles and a World Series championship in 1995.

Thomas was with the White Sox from 1990-05, then split 2006-08 between Oakland and Toronto.

NO TEAM LOGO ON HALL CAPS

The following hall of famers are wearing a cap on their plaque but the team is not identifiable (if a number is it follows their name)

• Grover Alexander

• Cap Anson

• Frank Baker

• Dave Bancroft

• Al Barlick

• Jake Beckley

• Cool Papa Bell (17)

• Chief Bender

• Yogi Berra (8)

• Jim Bottomley (3)

• Roger Bresnahan

• Mordecai Brown

• Oscar Charleston

• Jack Chesbro

• Nestor Chylak

• John Clarkson

• Eddie Collins

• Charlie Comiskey

• Jocko Conlan

• Tom Connolly

• Roger Connor

• George Davis

• Martin Dihigo

• Billy Evans

• Johnny Evers

• Buck Ewing

• Elmer Flick

• Rube Foster

• Bill Foster

• Frankie Frisch (3)

• Pud Ga lvin

• Charlie Gehringer (2)

• Josh Gibson (20)

• Clark Griffith

• Chick Hafey (4)

• Jesse Haines

• Harry Heilmann

• Harry Hooper

• Rogers Hornsby

• Cal Hubbard

• Catfish Hunter (27)

• Judy Johnson (5)

• Tim Keefe

• Joe Kelley

• Bill Klem

• Buck Leonard (32)

• Pop Lloyd

• Rube Marquard

• Bill McGowan

• Joe Medwick (7)

• Johnny Mize (10)

• Jim O’Rourke

• Satchel Paige (26)

• Eddie Plank

• Old Hoss Radbourn

• Wilbert Robinson

• Amos Rusie

• Ray Schalk

• Tris Speaker

• Turkey Stearnes (8)

• Sam Thompson

• Joe Tinker

• Rube Waddell

• Honus Wagner

• Ed Walsh

• John Ward

• Mickey Welch

Source: www.baseball-almanac.com


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