Class of 2014 takes its place in Cooperstown

By Travis Eldridge

July 27, 2014 Updated Jul 27, 2014 at 10:51 PM EST

Cooperstown, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's a day people in Cooperstown will remember, maybe forever. Just shy of 50,000 people packed the Clark Sports Center to honor the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2014. It's a class that goes into the hall as one of its most storied in its 75 year history.

Much like their playing and managing styles, each of the six new members made the day memorable in a different way.

"I took that to heart pops," an emotional Frank Thomas said on the stage, while choking back tears. "Look at us today."

The big heart of the Big Hurt was on display, as was the dynamic leadership of Joe Torre and methodical nature of Greg Maddux. A moment special for both the fans and inductees alike.

"It was an experience that you'll never forget," Torre said afterwards.

"It was a special, special moment," said Thomas. "This is my grand finale, and I just wanted to thank all the people who touched me. If you heard my speach, it was about thank you's and I thanked everyone who got me to this point."

The class included two once-in-a-generation type pitchers in Maddux and Tom Glavine, three iconic managers in Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa, and one of the best hitters in recent memory in Thomas.

But despite their own accomplishments, the newest inductees almost couldn't believe they're now part of the club.

"I'm in the Hall of Fame man, it gets no better than that," said Thomas. "These guys are my heros. Looking on that stage, some of the greatest players, the Mount Rushmore of baseball, it's hard to take in."

Afterwards manager Tony La Russa compared it to the best rock concert he's ever been to. It may not have been a concert, but the six newest hall of famers did leave the crowd looking for an encore.

A class to remember.