Tom Glavine

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Thomas Michael Glavine

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2014

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Biographical Information[edit]

Tom Glavine was a standout ice hockey player in high school and was also selected in the 4th round of the 1984 NHL entry draft, by the Los Angeles Kings (69th overall). However, he obviously chose baseball. While in high school, he was an All-Conference player four times in baseball, and three times in hockey. He was signed as a 2nd round pick in the 1984 amateur draft by the Atlanta Braves and scout Tony DeMacio.

In 1996, he was voted as having the best change-up in baseball.

In the present era of the vanishing 20-game winner, Glavine was the last major league pitcher to have won 20 games in three consecutive years, from 1991 to 1993.

Glavine was also an excellent bunter. Going into the 2008 season, he had 213 sacrifice bunts, 2nd to Omar Vizquel among all active players. He added 3 in his injury-shortened 2008 season, giving him a total of 216, the highest in history for a pitcher.

He was a member of the Atlanta Braves' Big Three. Glavine won his 300th game on August 5, 2007 in Wrigley Field vs. the Chicago Cubs (8-3 in a 6 1/3 inning stint). He became the 23rd pitcher and 5th lefthander to win 300 games in his career. His record at that point was 300-197. He ended his career with 305 wins.

Glavine is the all-time leader for most games pitched without making a relief appearance with 682. After his 2008 season ended prematurely because of injury, Glavine did not pitch in 2009. On February 11, 2010, he announced his retirement as an active player, after accepting a position as a special assistant to Braves president John Schuerholz. His uniform number, 47, was retired in a ceremony on August 6. On January 8, 2014, he was elected to the Hall of Fame on his first try, receiving 525 of 571 possible votes, or 91.9%. His long-time teammate with the Braves and fellow 300-game winner Greg Maddux was elected on the same ballot, as was Chicago White Sox first baseman Frank Thomas. Three contemporary managers were also elected that year, by the Veterans Committee, including Glavine and Maddux's long-time skipper in Atlanta, Bobby Cox, as well as Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre, making for an unusually large class of inductees when induction ceremonies were held in Cooperstown, NY the following July 27th.

He is the brother of Mike Glavine. His son Peyton Glavine, who is also a left-handed pitcher, was drafted in the 37th round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2017 amateur draft, although he was considered unlikely to sign given his commitment to attend Auburn University.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 10-time NL All-Star (1991-1993, 1996-1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 & 2006)
  • 2-time NL Cy Young Award Winner (1991 & 1998)
  • 1995 World Series MVP
  • 4-time NL Silver Slugger Award Winner (1991, 1995, 1996 & 1998)
  • 5-time NL Wins Leader (1991-1993, 1998 & 2000)
  • NL Complete Games Leader (1991)
  • NL Shutouts Leader (1992)
  • 15-Win Seasons: 10 (1991-1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000-2002 & 2006)
  • 20-Win Seasons: 5 (1991-1993, 1998 & 2000)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 14 (1990-1993, 1996-2002, 2004, 2005 & 2007)
  • Won a World Series with the Atlanta Braves in 1995
  • Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 2014

NL Cy Young Award
1990 1991 1992
Doug Drabek Tom Glavine Greg Maddux
1997 1998 1999
Pedro Martinez Tom Glavine Randy Johnson

Further Reading[edit]

  • Marty Noble: "Master of corners, Glavine to cut some today: Hall of Fame electee's induction speech needs to say a lot in little time",, July 27, 2014. [1]
  • Rick Sorci: "Baseball Profile: Pitcher Tom Glavine", Baseball Digest, September 1994, p. 49. [2]

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