The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has revealed the team cap choices that will appear on the plaques of the latest class of inductees. The choice of team logo on the inductee's cap sometimes generates controversy (see: Winfield, Dave) and this year doesn't disappoint in that category.
Former New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre (who also managed the Braves and Mets) will go ion the Hall as a Yankee, which is really no surprise that he found the most success in the Bronx (four World Series titles and six AL crowns).
"Every place where I played or managed is special to me because of the memories and the friendships that each afforded me," Torre said in a statement. "When I became the manager of the New York Yankees, it was an opportunity to realize my lifelong dream of winning the World Series. … I am honored that I will wear the Yankee logo on my cap in Cooperstown to represent what our teams achieved together."
But pitcher Greg Maddux, who recorded the majority of his wins with the Atlanta Braves but also posted great numbers with the Chicago Cubs, will be honored in the Hall with logo-less cap on his plaque.
"It's impossible for me to choose one of those teams for my Hall of Fame plaque, as the fans of both clubs in each of those cities were so wonderful," Maddux said in a statement. "I can't think of having my Hall of Fame induction without support of both of those fan bases, so, for that reason, the cap on my Hall of Fame plaque will not feature a logo."
Meantime, the plaque of legendary manager Tony La Russa also won't have a team logo because of the success he had at the helm of both the Oakland Athletics (three AL titles and one World Series win) and the St. Louis Cardinals (a trio of NL pennants and a pair of WS rings).
As for pitcher Tom Glavine, a former Braves teammate of Maddux's, and their gruff ex-manager Bobby Cox will both be enshrined as Braves. A pretty good consolation prize for Atlanta fans, hopefully.
Finally, slugger Frank Thomas will go in wearing a Chicago White Sox cap, obviously. No issue there.
The formally induction will take place Sunday, July 27, in Cooperstown, N.Y.
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