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Maddux, Thomas voted into Baseball Hall of Fame

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Atlanta Braves' Greg Maddux pitches in the second inning of Game 2 of the World Series Monday, Oct. 21, 1996 in New York. (AP Photo/Roberto Borea) Atlanta Braves' Greg Maddux pitches in the second inning of Game 2 of the World Series Monday, Oct. 21, 1996 in New York. (AP Photo/Roberto Borea)
Chicago White Sox's Frank Thomas hits a two-run single during a five-run first inning, Aug. 28, 1995, in Chicago against the Milwaukee Brewers. The White Sox beat Milwaukee 6-5, ending the Brewers' five-game winning streak. (AP Photo/Fred Jewell) Chicago White Sox's Frank Thomas hits a two-run single during a five-run first inning, Aug. 28, 1995, in Chicago against the Milwaukee Brewers. The White Sox beat Milwaukee 6-5, ending the Brewers' five-game winning streak. (AP Photo/Fred Jewell)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Greg Maddux and slugger Frank Thomas, who both have ties to Las Vegas, were voted into the sport's Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

Maddux was the leading vote getter with 555 votes of the 571 ballots or 97.2 percent of the vote, according to the Baseball Hall of Fame's website. Thomas received 83.7 percent of the vote, according to the site.

Maddux, while born in San Angelo, TX, moved to Las Vegas in fourth grade after spending time in Spain while his father served in the Air Force. He graduated from Valley High School, where he had a successful baseball career.

He declared for the 1984 draft, and is most known for his pitching career with the Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves. His number, 31, has been retired by both teams.

Maddux won the Golden Glove Award 18 times and the Cy Young Award four times.

The former pitcher still has a home in Las Vegas.

"I talked to him today, and I said, 'I waited five years for this,'" said Greg's father, Dave Maddux. "It's a good day for the Maddux family."

The elder Maddux couldn't help but shed a few tears after official word came down that Greg was a first-ballot hall of famer.

"I knew from early, early on that he was something special, and we proved it today," said Greg's father.

Dave Maddux, who also lives in Las Vegas, believes one of the key moments of Greg's career was when he took advice from a scout to stop playing other sports in high school and focus only on baseball.

"His sophomore year at Valley, his coach called me and said, 'Where's Greg at? He didn't come out for basketball.' I said, 'He didn't? I don't know.' So I asked (Greg), 'You're not playing basketball?' He said, 'I'm a baseball player.'"

Former first baseman Frank Thomas, who also lives in Las Vegas, was also elected. He is the first Hall of Famer to have played a majority of his career in the designated-hitter position, according to the Hall of Fame's website.

Thomas debuted in the MLB in 1990 with the Chicago White Sox and ended his career in 2008 with the Oakland Athletics. He had a batting average of .301 and a total of 521 home runs. He was the 1995 Home Run Derby champion and won the Silver Slugger Award four times. His number, 35, was retired by the White Sox.

Thomas now serves as the chief executive officer of a record label based in Las Vegas.

In addition to Maddux and Thomas, Tom Glavine, another Braves pitcher, was also elected to the Hall of Fame.

All three will be inducted during ceremonies held in Cooperstown, NY, in late July.

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