By Marc Weinreich
January 08, 2014

Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, who won 660 games together, become the first pair since Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn in 2007 to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame their first time on the ballot. (Harry How/Getty Images) Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux were long-time teammates with the Braves. (Harry How/Getty Images)

The Baseball Hall of Fame announced Wednesday afternoon that it will induct pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and slugger Frank Thomas at a ceremony in July in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Former Astros second baseman Craig Biggio finished with 74.8 percent of the vote - just two votes away from the 75 percent needed for induction.

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Maddux, who last played in 2008, retired with 355 wins, of which 194 were recorded in his 11 years with the Braves. Glavine retired with 305 victories, 244 of which were during his 17 years with Atlanta. Thomas took home consecutive AL MVP awards in 1993 and '94 and finished his career with 521 home runs for the Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics.

The last time three players in their first year on the ballot were elected was 1999, when Nolan Ryan, George Brett and Robin Yount were each inducted. Not since Walter Johnson and Christy Mathewson were elected to the inaugural class of 1936 -- one that included Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner -- have two pitchers been elected together on their first time on the ballot.

The Expansion Era Committee already voted on Dec. 9 to elect managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa for induction into the 2014 class in July.

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