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Thomas inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame...Greg Maddux inducted in baseball Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Frank Thomas, the most accomplished slugger in Chicago White Sox history, has been inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame.

     Nicknamed "The Big Hurt" for his bat prowess, Thomas won AL MVP awards in 1993 and 1994 and finished his 19-year career with a .301 batting average, 521 homers and 1,704 RBIs. He's also the only player in major league history with seven straight seasons with a .300 average, 20 homers, 100 RBIs and 100 walks, and the first Hall of Famer who spent the majority of his career as a designated hitter.

     Thomas played 16 years for the White Sox and established himself as the best hitter in franchise history. He holds the team record for homers, doubles, RBIs, runs, extra-base hits, walks, total bases, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.


     Greg Maddux inducted in baseball Hall of Fame

     COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Greg Maddux, who won 355 games over a 23-year major league career, has been inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame.

     Nicknamed "Mad Dog," Maddux had stints with the Braves, Cubs, Padres and Dodgers and won four straight Cy Young Awards, leading the NL in innings each season.

     Known for his pinpoint control, Maddux walked just 999 in 5,008 1-3 innings and ranks 10th in strikeouts with 3,371. He also was a sharp fielder, capturing 18 Gold Gloves, and was an All-Star eight times.

     Maddux and fellow inductee Tom Glavine were mainstays of the Braves staff, helping Atlanta win 14 division titles in a row starting in the 1990s.

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