The pride of Billerica, MA, Tom Glavine (Glav as he is known) was drafted by both the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. He was drafted ahead of hockey Hall of Famers Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille in the 1984 draft. He chose baseball, though initially was very un-hall of fame like, going 33-43 over his first 4 years. He went on to win 164 games during the 90’s, second only to teammate Greg Maddux. He won 20 games five times, including 2 Cy Young awards. He won 4 Silver Slugger awards for hitting and was named to 10 All Star teams. He played in 5 World Series, leading the 1995 Braves to the Championship as the Series MVP. He is one of 6 left handed pitchers to win 300 games (305-203) in his career. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility along with Greg Maddux and Bobby Cox, his long time teammates.
July 24, 2015