The 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame class is one of the most loaded in the history of the Hall. For the first time since 1971, six living men were enshrined. The estimated crowd of 48,000 spectators on hand is the third-most in recorded history behind 2007 (75,000) and 1999 (50,000).
Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine were the first set of pitchers to go in together on the first ballot since the first-ever Hall of Fame class, when Walter Johnson and Christy Mathewson did so. Throw in Frank Thomas, and it's the first time a trio of men went in on their first chance since 1999, when Nolan Ryan, George Brett and Robin Yount got the honor.
Managers Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre were also enshrined and they rank third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in baseball history in manager wins behind legends Connie Mack and John McGraw.
Given all the above facts, it's not a stretch to suggest this might have been the best Hall of Fame class since the first two or three -- when they were filling out the Hall in the late '30s.
Here is Thomas getting his plaque:
Here's Cox telling a funny story about Glavine:
Here's Greg Maddux with an excellent crack on John Smoltz:
La Russa discussing a self-deprecating story on his prowess as a player:
And Torre, touring the Hall and discussing his feelings on induction: