- March 25, 1966
- 175 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 8-17-1987 with ATL
- Allstar Selections:
- 1991 CY, 1991 SS, 1991 TSN, 1995 BR, 1995 SS, 1995 WsMVP, 1996 SS, 1998 CY, 1998 SS, 2000 TSN
As part of one of baseball history's greatest pitching staffs, lefty Tom Glavine helped the Atlanta Braves to 11 division titles, five pennants, and their first World Series title, all between 1991 and 2002. Glavine won the Cy Young Award in 1991 and 1998, and finished second or third on four other occasions. In the 1995 World Series he won Game Two and came back to win the clincher, Game Six, allowing just one hit in eight innings. For his effort, he was named World Series Most Valuable Player. Glavine won twenty games five times (leading the league each time), and his 164 wins in the 1990s trailed only his teammate, Greg Maddux (176).
"Glavine's career on the mound has been about guile and guts. He has been the portrait of a man in command of his craft. His command of the strike zone and ability to baffle with the change of speeds have been more than adequate substitutes for velocity. He has never lit up a radar gun, but he has beaten the best consistently -- with brainpower, with will, with ability guided by a world of pitching knowledge." â€” Mike Bauman, MLB.com, on Tom Glavine "What made him a great pitcher with us early on is part of what made it hard for him to adjust. He's pretty strong-willed." â€” Bobby Cox, on Tom Glavine
"I know how exclusive this is, and how cool it will be to be part of it." â€” Tom Glavine, on winning his 300th game
Glavine's 171 ERA+ was the best of his career (he posted a 2.47 ERA while the NL had a 4.24 mark). He led the NL in wins (20), hurled three shutouts, and won his second Cy Young trophy.
On June 15, 1993, Tom Glavine threw just 79 pitches in a complete-game victory over the Mets. It was just the ninth time in the last 25 years that a pitcher threw less than 80 pitches in a complete-game win.
Tom Glavine, Warren Spahn, and Early Wynn are the only pitchers in history to win 300 games despite never striking out 200 batters in any season.
June 4, 1984: Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 2nd round of the 1984 amateur draft; December 2003: signed as a free agent by the New York Mets
Pitch location. Through 2003, Glavine had never walked as many as 100 batters in a season. Glavine is also an excellent athlete. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL. He has used his athletic ability to become one of baseball's best-fielding pitchers.
He lacks an overpowering strikeout pitch, but he's certainly overcome that.
Won his first game on August 22, 1987, against Pittsburgh... Won his 50th game on August 28, 1991, against the Mets... Won his 100th game on May 18, 1994, against the Reds... Won his 150th game on August 20, 1997, at the Astros... Won his 200th game on July 30, 2000, against the Astros... Won his 250th game on August 15, 2003, against the Rockies... Won his 300th game on August 5, 2007, against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Glavine won 13 consecutive games in 1993... On July 30, 2000, Glavine defeated the Houston Astros, 6-3, to earn his 200th career victory.
MLB.com's Marty Noble described Glavine's pitching style as "changeups away, an occasional fastball inside, and never give in to the batter."
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