Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tom Glavine Earns Win 300

On Aug. 5, 2007, Tom Glavine becomes the 23rd pitcher to reach 300 wins, joining a prestigious group that included Cy Young, Walter Johnson, Tom Seaver, Steve Carlton, and Nolan Ryan. Glavine won 20 games five times in his career as well as two Cy Young Awards and one World Series championship.
A high school hockey star, he was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL before signing on with the Atlanta Braves. At first he struggled, losing a National League-high 17 games in 1988, but he eventually found his groove and posted double-digit wins in 18 of the next 19 seasons.

Glavine spent the bulk of his career in Atlanta, where he teamed with John Smoltz and Greg Maddux to form one of the best pitching rotations in baseball. With the help of those three, Atlanta won 14 division titles in a row, and quickly fell back to earth when Maddux and Glavine left for bigger markets (Glavine in '02 to New York, Maddux in '04 to Chicago).
Glavine along with former teammate Maddux and manager of the Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox were inducted into Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame this summer with Frank Thomas, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre.