Late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner received fewer than six votes from the 16-member committee, according to reports, and was not elected into the Hall on his second try. Neither was former players’ union boss Marvin Miller.
Torre and Cox retired as managers after the 2010 season and La Russa stepped down after leading the Cardinals to the World Series title in 2011.
Torre won four World Series championships with the Yankees (1996, 1998-2000), La Russa won two with the Cardinals (2006, 2011) and one with the Athletics (1989), while Cox won one with the Braves (1995).
In 33 seasons at the helm, La Russa had 2,728 wins, third-best all time, and he claimed six total pennants while in Oakland and St. Louis. Cox managed for 29 seasons and finished with 2,504 wins (fourth), claiming five pennants with Atlanta. Torre won six pennants in New York and had 2,326 wins (fifth) over 29 seasons.
Torre’s time in New York ended in stormy fashion after four World Series titles, and he went on to manage the Dodgers for three years.
Still, he told reporters, “Let’s admit it, I am not here if what happened with Yankees didn’t happen.”
The three former managers will be enshrined in Cooperstown in July. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America voting results will be announced on Jan. 8, with 300-game winners Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine strong candidates for election alongside Cox, their long-time manager in Atlanta.