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A Hall Invite

Stevens Basketball Aims to Make Good on Its Talent

  • FILE - In a Monday, Oct. 11, 2010 file photo, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox waves to fans after a 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants in Game 4 of baseball's National League Division Series, in Atlanta. Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox were unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, by the expansion era committee.  (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

    FILE - In a Monday, Oct. 11, 2010 file photo, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox waves to fans after a 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants in Game 4 of baseball's National League Division Series, in Atlanta. Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox were unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, by the expansion era committee. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

  • FILE - In a Monday, Oct. 11, 2010 file photo, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox waves to fans after a 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants in Game 4 of baseball's National League Division Series, in Atlanta. Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox were unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, by the expansion era committee.  (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

    FILE - In a Monday, Oct. 11, 2010 file photo, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox waves to fans after a 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants in Game 4 of baseball's National League Division Series, in Atlanta. Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox were unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, by the expansion era committee. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

  • FILE - In a Tuesday, July 13, 2010 file photo, former New York Yankees manager and current Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre talks about his former boss and mentor, George Steinbrenner, at a Dodger Stadium news conference, in Los Angeles. Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox were unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, by the expansion era committee. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

    FILE - In a Tuesday, July 13, 2010 file photo, former New York Yankees manager and current Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre talks about his former boss and mentor, George Steinbrenner, at a Dodger Stadium news conference, in Los Angeles. Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox were unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, by the expansion era committee. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

  • FILE - In a Tuesday, July 13, 2010 file photo, former New York Yankees manager and current Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre talks about his former boss and mentor, George Steinbrenner, at a Dodger Stadium news conference, in Los Angeles. Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox were unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, by the expansion era committee. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

    FILE - In a Tuesday, July 13, 2010 file photo, former New York Yankees manager and current Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre talks about his former boss and mentor, George Steinbrenner, at a Dodger Stadium news conference, in Los Angeles. Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox were unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, by the expansion era committee. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

  • FILE - In a Saturday, March 5, 2011 file photo, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa watches a spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros, in Jupiter, Fla. Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox were unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, by the expansion era committee.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

    FILE - In a Saturday, March 5, 2011 file photo, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa watches a spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros, in Jupiter, Fla. Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox were unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, by the expansion era committee. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

  • FILE - From left are Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox in 2010, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa in 2011 and New York Yankees manager Joe Torre in 2007.  Cox,La Russa and Torre were among the candidates considered by the Hall of Fame's expansion era committee in voting scheduled to be announced Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. The trio of retired managers was joined on the 12-man ballot by a pair of much-debated figures who died in recent years: New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and pioneering players' union head Marvin Miller.  (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - From left are Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox in 2010, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa in 2011 and New York Yankees manager Joe Torre in 2007. Cox,La Russa and Torre were among the candidates considered by the Hall of Fame's expansion era committee in voting scheduled to be announced Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. The trio of retired managers was joined on the 12-man ballot by a pair of much-debated figures who died in recent years: New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and pioneering players' union head Marvin Miller. (AP Photo/File)

  • FILE - From left are Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox in 2010, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa in 2011 and New York Yankees manager Joe Torre in 2007.  Cox,La Russa and Torre were among the candidates considered by the Hall of Fame's expansion era committee in voting scheduled to be announced Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. The trio of retired managers was joined on the 12-man ballot by a pair of much-debated figures who died in recent years: New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and pioneering players' union head Marvin Miller.  (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - From left are Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox in 2010, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa in 2011 and New York Yankees manager Joe Torre in 2007. Cox,La Russa and Torre were among the candidates considered by the Hall of Fame's expansion era committee in voting scheduled to be announced Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. The trio of retired managers was joined on the 12-man ballot by a pair of much-debated figures who died in recent years: New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and pioneering players' union head Marvin Miller. (AP Photo/File)

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski waves as he leaves the field in a cart after being injured in the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski waves as he leaves the field in a cart after being injured in the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

  • Chase Hussey passes the ball to a teammate during the Stevens boys basketball practice at Stevens High School in Claremont, N.H., on Dec. 9, 2013. <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap

    Chase Hussey passes the ball to a teammate during the Stevens boys basketball practice at Stevens High School in Claremont, N.H., on Dec. 9, 2013.
    Valley News - Sarah Priestap

  • In this Dec. 1, 2013 photo, freediver Roberto Reyes practices off Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Freediving is the fastest growing segment of the diving industry, according to Grant Graves, former president of the U.S. Apnea Association, which oversees the sport. It can take many forms, with some participants wearing weights to help them navigate under water. He said people are drawn to it in part because not much equipment is required and classes have become more available in regions such as the Caribbean. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

    In this Dec. 1, 2013 photo, freediver Roberto Reyes practices off Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Freediving is the fastest growing segment of the diving industry, according to Grant Graves, former president of the U.S. Apnea Association, which oversees the sport. It can take many forms, with some participants wearing weights to help them navigate under water. He said people are drawn to it in part because not much equipment is required and classes have become more available in regions such as the Caribbean. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

  • FILE - In a Monday, Oct. 11, 2010 file photo, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox waves to fans after a 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants in Game 4 of baseball's National League Division Series, in Atlanta. Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox were unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, by the expansion era committee.  (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)
  • FILE - In a Monday, Oct. 11, 2010 file photo, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox waves to fans after a 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants in Game 4 of baseball's National League Division Series, in Atlanta. Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox were unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, by the expansion era committee.  (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)
  • FILE - In a Tuesday, July 13, 2010 file photo, former New York Yankees manager and current Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre talks about his former boss and mentor, George Steinbrenner, at a Dodger Stadium news conference, in Los Angeles. Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox were unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, by the expansion era committee. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
  • FILE - In a Tuesday, July 13, 2010 file photo, former New York Yankees manager and current Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre talks about his former boss and mentor, George Steinbrenner, at a Dodger Stadium news conference, in Los Angeles. Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox were unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, by the expansion era committee. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
  • FILE - In a Saturday, March 5, 2011 file photo, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa watches a spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros, in Jupiter, Fla. Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox were unanimously elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, by the expansion era committee.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
  • FILE - From left are Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox in 2010, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa in 2011 and New York Yankees manager Joe Torre in 2007.  Cox,La Russa and Torre were among the candidates considered by the Hall of Fame's expansion era committee in voting scheduled to be announced Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. The trio of retired managers was joined on the 12-man ballot by a pair of much-debated figures who died in recent years: New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and pioneering players' union head Marvin Miller.  (AP Photo/File)
  • FILE - From left are Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox in 2010, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa in 2011 and New York Yankees manager Joe Torre in 2007.  Cox,La Russa and Torre were among the candidates considered by the Hall of Fame's expansion era committee in voting scheduled to be announced Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. The trio of retired managers was joined on the 12-man ballot by a pair of much-debated figures who died in recent years: New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and pioneering players' union head Marvin Miller.  (AP Photo/File)
  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski waves as he leaves the field in a cart after being injured in the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
  • Chase Hussey passes the ball to a teammate during the Stevens boys basketball practice at Stevens High School in Claremont, N.H., on Dec. 9, 2013. <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap
  • In this Dec. 1, 2013 photo, freediver Roberto Reyes practices off Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Freediving is the fastest growing segment of the diving industry, according to Grant Graves, former president of the U.S. Apnea Association, which oversees the sport. It can take many forms, with some participants wearing weights to help them navigate under water. He said people are drawn to it in part because not much equipment is required and classes have become more available in regions such as the Caribbean. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. — Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox, baseball’s winningest managers over the past four decades, were unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame on Monday by the expansion era committee.

All three won more than 2,000 games and were selected on all 16 ballots when the committee met Sunday ahead of baseball’s winter meetings.

“Managing against them, you certainly learned things,” said Torre, now an executive vice president for Major League Baseball. “I am honored to go into the Hall with these two guys.”

Induction ceremonies will be held July 27 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Torre became the fifth manager to win four World Series championships, leading the Yankees to titles in 1996 and from 1998-00 — beating Cox’s Braves twice. After making only one trip to the playoffs in 14 seasons with the New York Mets, St. Louis and Atlanta, Torre guided the Yankees to the postseason in all 12 of his years in New York with a cool, patient demeanor. His popularity rankled owner George Steinbrenner, who didn’t receive the necessary 75 percent of the vote for election in his second appearance on the ballot.

Torre finished his career by leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to two NL West titles in three seasons, retiring after 2010 with a record of 2,326-1,997. He’s the only manager to have more than 2,000 hits as a player — he was the 1971 NL MVP — and 2,000 wins in the dugout.

“Joe taught a lot of us about how to win the right way and lose the right way,” La Russa said.

The strategy saavy La Russa won World Series titles with Oakland in 1989 and with St. Louis in 2006 and 2011, retiring days after beating the Texas Rangers in a seven-game thriller. Of the nine managers with three or more World Series titles, the other seven all have been inducted.

La Russa finished with the third-most wins by a manager in a career that began with the Chicago White Sox in 1979 and ended with a record of 2,728-2,365.

Cox’s managerial career began in 1978 with Atlanta, but he was fired after four seasons — only one above .500. A four-year run in Toronto ended in 1985 with an AL East title, and Ted Turner lure him back to the Braves as their GM. Cox returned to the dugout in 1990, and following one losing season he went on one of the most successful regular-season runs by any skipper, leading the Braves to 14 straight division titles and a World Series championship in 1995.

He retired in 2010 fourth behind La Russa in career wins with a record of 2,504-2,001. Cigar-chomping and fiercely loyal to his players, Cox was ejected a major league record 159 times.

Two of his pitchers during the remarkable stretch during the ‘90s, 300-game winners Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, head the newcomers on this year’s players’ ballot. Results of voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of American is scheduled for Jan. 8.

“It would be quite an honor to go in with those two guys,” Cox said. “I just hope Glav and Mad Dog can be on the stage with me. That would be the final finishing touch, going in with those two.”

Marvin Miller, the pioneering head of the players’ association from 1966-81, was rejected for admission to the Hall for the sixth time he appeared on a committee ballot. He fell one vote short of induction in 2010 and received no more than six votes this year.

“Words cannot adequately describe the level of disappointment and disbelief I felt when learning that once again the Hall of Fame has chosen to ignore Marvin Miller and his unparalleled contributions to the growth and prosperity of Major League Baseball,” players’ association head Tony Clark said in a statement. “Over the past fifty years, no individual has come close to matching Marvin’s impact on the sport. ... Despite the election results, Marvin’s legacy remains intact, and will only grow stronger, while the credibility of the Hall of Fame continues to suffer.”

In other baseball news, two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay has retired after 16 seasons in the major leagues with Toronto and Philadelphia.

The 36-year-old right-hander signed a one-day contract Monday to retire as a member of the Blue Jays, where he spent the first 12 years of his career. He made the announcement at a news conference at the winter meetings in Orlando.

Halladay played for the Phillies from 2010-13, finishing with two injury-plagued seasons. He won an NL Cy Young Award in 2010, throwing a perfect game that season and a no-hitter in his first postseason game.

Halladay was 203-105 with an ERA of 3.38 in 416 career games.

, including 390 starts. He had 67 complete games and 20 shutouts.