Wednesday, April 22, 2015

#410 Tom Glavine and Dave Fleming

About the Front: In hindsight, it looks like Topps was picking on poor Dave Fleming by putting him alongside Tom Glavine, Roger Clemens, and Greg Maddux. But in 1992, the Seattle rookie really was the best lefty on a team that included a still-wild Randy Johnson.

About the Back: It would be cruel of me to point out that Glavine's five first-half shutouts equaled Fleming's career total. Instead I'll point out that Cliff Lee (with six shutouts in 2011) is the only pitcher in the 2000s to top that number over a full season.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Even to a new fan, the name Dave Fleming seemed out of place. He didn't have the notoriety of a Clemens.

On This Date in 1993: April 22. Version 1.0 of the Mosaic web browser is released, an important milestone in the Internet boom of the 1990s.

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