Three join fraternity of first-ballot Hall of Famers

Three join fraternity of first-ballot Hall of Famers
January 8, 2014, 4:30 pm
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Rickey Henderson was the last first-ballot Hall of Famer, elected in 2009. (USATSI)

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday, marking just the second time since 1936 that three first-ballot players were elected. 

In the Hall of Fame's history, there have been 48 first-ballot Hall of Famers, including the class of 2014.

[RELATED: Thomas, Maddux, Glavine elected to Hall of Fame]

Some impressive names were excluded from the first-ballot fraternity, such as Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Rogers Hornsby, Jimmie Foxx, Mel Ott, Roy Campanella and many others.

Below is the list of all 48 first-ballot Hall of Famers:

1936 - Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson, Walter Johnson
1962 - Bob Feller, Jackie Robinson
1966 - Ted Williams
1969 - Stan Musial
1972 - Sandy Koufax
1973 - Warren Spahn
1973 - Roberto Clemente (Special Election)
1974 - Mickey Mantle
1977 - Ernie Banks
1979 - Willie Mays
1980 - Al Kaline
1981 - Bob Gibson
1982 - Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson
1983 - Brooks Robinson
1985 - Lou Brock
1986 - Willie McCovey
1988 - Willie Stargell
1989 - Johnny Bench, Carl Yastrzemski
1990 - Jim Palmer, Joe Morgan
1991 - Rod Carew
1992 - Tom Seaver
1993 - Reggie Jackson
1994 - Steve Carlton
1995 - Mike Schmidt
1999 - Nolan Ryan, George Brett, Robin Yount
2001 - Dave Winfield, Kirby Puckett
2002 - Ozzie Smith
2003 - Eddie Murray
2004 - Paul Molitor, Dennis Eckersley
2005 - Wade Boggs
2007 - Cal Ripken, Tony Gwynn
2009 - Rickey Henderson
2014 - Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine

 

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