La Russa, Cox, Torre: An improbable Hall of Fame trio

Jul 30, 2014 815

During its 75-year history, the Baseball Hall of Fame has never enshrined three living managers at once. Until now. Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre rank third, fourth and fifth on the all-time wins list and will be recognized for their work July 27.

"I was on the (Expansion Era) Committee down in Florida when we voted on those guys," says Hall of Fame pitcher Phil Niekro, who played for Cox and Torre with the Atlanta Braves. "Every time Bobby's name came up, we said, 'Let's go to the next guy.' It was the same thing with Torre's name and LaRussa's. There wasn't any debate about it."

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