Frank Thomas’s Emotional Speech Was the Highlight of Yesterday’s Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (Video)

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One year after nobody got the call for the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Class of 2014 was one of the most impressive we’ve seen in a long time. It featured the three greatest managers of the last generation in Tony LaRusa, Joe Torre, and Bobby Cox, as well as three first-ballot inductees in Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas. That’s some serious baseball pedigree.

Of course, if you’re a hardcore baseball fan, the Hall of Fame induction ceremony always features some special moments. However, this year the speeches were so good even a casual sports fan could appreciate them.

We’ll start with Frank Thomas’s speech. The guy’s voice cracked on his opening line, and two minutes in he was wiping away tears as he talked about his late father.

It was one of the best sports moments I’ve seen all year. Watch the first five minutes (plus maybe the last) for yourself and see if you agree:

If that didn’t give you goosebumps, you might not have a soul.

That being said, if it’s the funny stuff you like, there was plenty of that, too. Here’s a little supercut of the best jokes, courtesy of MLB Advanced Media:

They could all use a little work on their comedic timing, but for old baseball guys that wasn’t too bad.

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