Countdown: Cooperstown Pt. 3

By Ana Rivera |

Published 07/23 2014 07:50PM

Updated 07/23 2014 07:56PM

With the Baseball Hall of Fame inductions this weekend, some are starting to make their way to Cooperstown.  A crowd of 50,000 baseball lovers are expected and that's in part because of the six men that will forever be enshrined in baseball history.

On Sunday, six baseball greats will take their place on a wall that commemorates the best of the best in America’s favorite past time.  But who exactly are these guys?  Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine Frank Thomas, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre.  The class consists of three ball players and three managers.  Among the managers is New York Yankees favorite Joe Torre.

“Some guys are Yankees and some guys come on the Yankees and they're not really Yankees.  I'm old school so I think Joe Torre is old school,” says Rich Romanowski, of Long Island.

Even though the Hall of Fame is in Torre's back yard, fans from all over the country are visiting the Hall of Fame to pay respects to their hometown heroes.  With three former Braves ready for induction--Maddux, Glavine and Cox--some from Georgia are proud of their strong representation.

“I think they represent Atlanta, they've been in Atlanta a long time.  I think they're great people,” says Michael Gagnon, of Georgia.

Although most inductees go in with a team affiliation, some decide not to, including Tony La Russa.  Two out of the six inductees this year say they will not go in with an affiliation.  And that has fans saying they're not too disappointed.

“Well I understand it.  I appreciate what La Russa did for the cardinals.  He did a lot of good things for the White Sox and the A's.  I mean all three teams he did a lot for and I understand,” says Darryl Mottin, of Missouri.

But some of the inductees had one clear team that they wanted to be enshrined with.  With the White Sox, Frank Thomas finished seven straight seasons with over 20 home runs and a .300 batting average. 

"If he would've went in with any other team we would’ve been really upset."

They're six baseball greats....with six different paths...but each path led them all to a spot in baseball history forever.

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