Monday, September 15, 2014

#280 Tom Glavine

About the Front: It looks like the Topps logo is taking a ride on the ball that Tom Glavine just released.
About the Back: John Smoltz topped Glavine with 14 wins in a row in 1996.

Triple Play:

1. Tom was a standout hockey player in high school, and was chosen by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round of the 1984 NHL draft.

2. His younger brother Mike played pro baseball for a decade, finishing with a .245/.340/.449 batting line in the minor leagues. He had a six-game cup of coffee with the Mets in 2003, collecting a single in seven trips to the plate.

3. Glavine had a 3.30 ERA in 218.1 career postseason innings, capped by a Most Valuable Player selection for the 1995 World Series. He won both of his starts against the Indians that year, including a one-hit, eight-strikeout, eight-inning gem in the Game Six clincher, a 1-0 Atlanta triumph.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Tom Glavine just looked boring. Something about those heavy-lidded eyes, the perpetually clean-shaven and unexpressive face...I could imagine him lulling opposing hitters into a stupor as he rolled through another winning start.

Bill James Said: "Through most of last year he didn't pitch all that well, but continued to roll up wins due to the superb team behind him, good luck, and his own survival skills." Through August 19, Glavine had a pedestrian rate of 79 strikeouts and 76 walks in 178 innings, but was still 14-5 with a 3.34 ERA. Go figure.

On This Date in 1993: September 15. Former outfielder Ethan Allen passes away at age 89. He batted .300/.336/.410 in a 13-year career (1926-1938) with the Reds, Giants, Cardinals, Phillies, Cubs, and Browns. His career-best season was 1930, when he batted .330/.370/.468 (112 OPS+) with 10 homers, 85 RBI, and a league-high 42 doubles for the Phillies.

1 comment:

  1. Your comment about the Topps logo made me think of this...