After 2013 saw the BBWAA elect no one to the MLB Hall of Fame for the first time since 1996 and just the third time since 1960, three players earned the nod this year.
A pair of 300-game winners in Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and one of the most feared sluggers of all time in Frank Thomas earned enshrinement in their first year on the ballot.
They will be joined by a trio of managers in Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre, who all rank in the top five all-time in wins.
There is no question this year's group of Hall of Fame inductees is great, but where does it stack up among the greatest classes of all time?
A few different factors went into making the following list:
- Number of inductees: The 1982 class featured two of the best hitters to ever play the game in Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson. However, the lack of a third star-caliber inductee kept that class from making the cut. Others missed out for the same reason.
- Cumulative WAR of inductees: This was not the deciding factor on where classes were ranked, but it did help narrow down the field and put together a preliminary list of the top 10.
- Number of Top 100 players: A few months back, I put together a list of the Top 100 players in MLB history. The number of players each class had and where they fell on that list also helped play a part in refining the rankings.
- Subjectivity: Even with stats, this was still a subjective exercise. The above factors helped narrow this list down to 10 classes, but subjectivity certainly played a role in putting the finishing touches on them.
With that out of the way, let's take a look at the 10 best MLB Hall of Fame classes of all time.