Tom Glavine, a legend in Atlanta, and a legend of baseball.
Glavine, 47, was a ten-time All-Star, two-time Cy Young Award winner, two-time National League TSN Pitcher of the Year award winner, four-time Silver Slugger award winner, and a World Series Most Valuable Player. Glavine also had 305 wins over his career, best for 21st of all-time. He had 2,607 strikeouts, 24th best of all-time. He had the 12th most starts by a pitcher all-time at 682. The list goes on-and-on-and-on. The statistics aren’t all, as Tom Glavine was a legend on the field, and off.
Glavine was voted an inductee by the Baseball Writer’s Association of America to the Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday, January 8th, 2014, receiving 91.9% of the possible votes.
However, none of these stats match just three simple ones in a small community outside of Atlanta, Georgia. On March 20th, 2010, Tom Glavine laced up hockey skates, put on a jersey with the number he’d worn his entire life, #47, and skated one second of ice time, winning one faceoff, in his only game as a professional hockey player for the ECHL Gwinnett Gladiators.
A box score that read:
“T. Glavine, D 0 G, 0 A, 0 Pts, 0 +/-, 0 PIM, 0 Shots, 0 Hits, 0 GVA, 0 TKA, 100% (1/1) FO%, 00:01 TOI”
Fans came in the thousands to see their beloved Atlanta Braves pitcher, have fun and just be a hockey player like he could have chosen.
Something you may not know about Tom Glavine is that he was actually drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 1984. Not only was he drafted, but he was taken before future Hall of Famers, Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille.
We at Valley Bay News would like to congratulate Tom Glavine on his Hall of Fame baseball career and soon to be induction, but also would like to congratulate him, on being a successful athlete, and successful hockey player for a few thousand who saw him skate in Gwinnett for one second, an oh so important second.