The Big Hurt and Joe Torre Headline HOF Class

Baseball Hall of Fame inductees (L-R) Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux, and Joe Torre hold their plaques after an induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Baseball Hall of Fame inductees (L-R) Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux, and Joe Torre hold their plaques after an induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.— Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy...

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