LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, and Bobby Cox spent decades trying to beat each other, no holds barred. On this day, however, they were a mutual admiration society.
And why not? They were going to the Hall of Fame together.
With a combined eight World Series titles and more than 7,500 wins, the managerial trio made it to Cooperstown in results announced Monday at the Winter Meetings. Each was unanimously selected when the 16 voters on the expansion era committee met a day earlier.
‘‘They’re not the easiest guys to manage against, that’s for sure. But it was fun. It was always a battle,’’ Cox said Monday at the winter meetings. ‘‘And I consider them enemies on the field, but friends off the field.’’
All three exceeded the magic benchmark of 2,000 wins — only Connie Mack and John McGraw have won more. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.