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Glavine joins Maddux, Thomas as first-time inductees

HALL OF FAME VOTING

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas received the necessary 75 percent of the vote to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Here are the top 15 vote-getters:

Votes Player Percentage

555 Greg Maddux 97.2%

525 Tom Glavine 91.9%

478 Frank Thomas 83.7%

427 Craig Biggio 74.8%

355 Mike Piazza 62.2%

351 Jack Morris 61.5%

310 Jeff Bagwell 54.3%

263 Tim Raines 46.1%

202 Roger Clemens 35.4%

198 Barry Bonds 34.7%

171 Lee Smith 29.9%

167 Curt Schilling 29.2%

144 Edgar Martinez 25.2%

119 Alan Trammell 20.8%

116 Mike Mussina 20.3%

Cooperstown, N.Y., gets a distinct shot of Chicago at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony in July when legends from both sides of town are enshrined.

But the shots that come from a syringe cast a heavy cloud over another year of voting that saw reputed performance-enhancing drug users such as Cubs great Sammy Sosa and short-time Cub Rafael Palmeiro lose support compared to a year ago. Palmeiro was eliminated from future Hall of Fame ballots by falling short of the 5 percent necessary to remain eligible.

First-time candidates Frank Thomas of the White Sox and former Cub Greg Maddux, along with Maddux’ longtime Atlanta Braves teammate Tom Glavine, were elected in voting announced Wednesday — the second time since the 1936 inaugural class that three first-timers made it (also 1999, with Nolan Ryan, George Brett and Robin Yount).

Maddux did not appear on 16 of the 571 ballots cast by veteran members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, but his 97.2 percent support ranked eighth all-time. Glavine appeared on 91.9 percent of ballots, Thomas 83.7 percent.

Former Houston Astros second baseman Craig Biggio missed election by a record-tying low of two votes, receiving 427 of the 429 necessary to reach the required 75 percent threshold.

Sosa received just 41 votes (7.2 percent), down from 71 (12.5 percent).

Tainted home-run king Barry Bonds (34.7 percent), and accused pitcher Roger Clemens (35.4 percent) also had their numbers decline this year.

Palmeiro, who famously wagged his finger denying steroid use to members of Congress before subsequently testing positive, is one of only four players in history with 500 home runs and 3,000 hits.

“I don’t fault anyone for what they did,” Thomas said Wednesday, “but, hey, I did it the right way.”

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