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Torre, La Russa, Cox entering Hall of Fame

The three, who managed against each other, will go to Cooperstown together.

JOE TORRE, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox spent decades trying to beat each other, no holds barred. On this day, however, they were a mutual admiration society. And why not? They were going to the Hall of Fame together.

With a combined eight World Series titles and more than 7,500 wins, the managerial trio made it to Cooperstown in results announced yesterday. Each was unanimously selected when the 16 voters on the expansion era committee met a day earlier.

"They're not the easiest guys to manage against, that's for sure. But it was fun. It was always a battle," Cox said yesterday at the winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. "And I consider them enemies on the field but friends off the field."

All three exceeded the magic benchmark of 2,000 wins - only Connie Mack and John McGraw have won more.

Torre managed the Mets (1977-81), Braves (1982-84), Cardinals (1990-95), Yankees (1996-2007) and Dodgers (2008-10).

La Russa managed the White Sox (1979-86), Athletics (1986-95) and Cardinals (1996-2011).

Cox managed the Braves (1978-81), then the Blue Jays (1982-85) and the Braves again (1990-2010).

Induction ceremonies will be held July 27 in Cooperstown, N.Y. The results of player balloting for the Class of 2014 will be announced Jan. 8.


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