Excerpts from Braves' Hall of Fame speeches


Excerpts from Braves' Hall of Fame speeches

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Bobby Cox (from left), Tom Glavine, Tony La Russa, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Joe Torre stand on the stage during an awards presentation at Doubleday Field before participating in the Hall of Fame Legends Parade on Saturday in Cooperstown. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Bobby Cox, cornerstones of the Braves' 14 division championships and one World Series title, were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.

Here are excerpts from their speeches in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Greg Maddux:

"It's obviously the biggest honor you can give to a ballplayer. To put me here in Cooperstown with all of my childhood heroes, it's sort of hard to believe I'm standing here today.

"I never gave a thought to the Hall of Fame as I was going through my career. My goal as a baseball player was very simple -- all I wanted to do was try and get better for my next start. And to think it all ended up here is pretty cool."

Tom Glavine:

"It's hard to imagine a day like this would get any better. But for me, it does. I'm honored to go into the Baseball Hall of Fame with such a great group of men. All of you guys represent what is great about the game of baseball. I'm humbled to be a part of this class."

Bobby Cox:

"To Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and I have to mention the third member of the Big Three, John Smoltz, I can honestly say I would not be standing here today if it weren't for you guys. [Not] in my wildest dreams did I ever think this would happen, but I'm sure glad it did.

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