Saturday, December 14, 2013

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #87 TOM GLAVINE


LED THE BRAVES' TRANSFORMATION.


WON A CAREER-HIGH 22 GAMES IN '93.


DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Of the Braves' three aces of the 1990s, Tom Glavine probably would be chosen third for the neighborhood pickup game. But that's not a knock. He didn't have quite the precision of #85 Greg Maddux nor the stuff of #166 John Smoltz, but he was the team's first ace. He pitched to contact and won the NL Cy Young Award during Atlanta's breakthrough season in 1991, when it ended seven consecutive losing seasons and advanced to its first World Series. Glavine won 305 games with a 3.54 ERA, a second Cy in '98 and is eligible for the Hall of Fame for the first time in January.

DEFINING MOMENT

  • Glavine took to the mound on Oct. 28, 1995, with the chance to pitch the Braves to the World Series title in Game 6. He did not let the opportunity get away. Glavine befuddled the Indians in eight one-hit innings, striking out eight. Mark Wohlers closed out the 1-0 victory, and Atlanta had its first Series title.

DEFINING SEASON

  • His '91 season stands out because he was the staff workhorse, pitching 246.2 innings, going 20-11 with a 2.55 ERA. He set a career high in strikeouts with 192 had a NL-leading nine complete games and an ERA+ of 153.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. In his first three full seasons from '88-'90, Glavine was 31-37, including a 17-loss season in '88.
  2. Drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round of the NHL draft in '84, ahead of Bret Hull and Luc Robitaille, both future Hall of Famers.
  3. Glavine is the last pitcher to win 20-games in three consecutive seasons ('91-'93).
  4. Was not an automatic out at the plate, winning four Silver Sluggers and finishing with a .244 average.
  5. Signed as a free agent with the Mets in '03 after the Braves refused to guarantee a third year. Glavine went 61-56 in five seasons with a 3.97 ERA.

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