Thomas Michael Glavine was born in Concord, Massachusetts on March 25, 1966, the third child of Fred and Mildred Glavine's four children.
Growing up in Billerica, Mass., Glavine attended Billerica Memorial High School where he was a four-time league All-Star and All-Conference honoree in baseball and was named to All-Star and All-Conference teams three times in hockey. He also earned the Boston Globe's All-Scholastic and Player of the Year honors in both baseball and hockey.
Glavine, who graduated from high school in 1984, was drafted by both the Atlanta Braves (second round) and the Los Angeles Kings (fourth round) of the NHL. Glavine chose baseball.
After stops at Bradenton, Sumter, Greenville and Richmond, Glavine made his Major League debut on August 17, 1987 against the Houston Astros. He notched his first career win one start later on August 22 - a 10-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
From 1987-2002, Glavine amassed a lengthy, successul reign with the Atlanta Braves, including two Cy Young Awards (1991, 1998), five seasons of 20 or more wins (1991-1993, 1998, 2000) and four Silver Slugger Awards (1991, 1995, 1996, 1998). He was also named the World Series MVP after one-hitting the Cleveland Indians for eight innings in the decisive sixth game of the 1995 World Series.
In December 2002 Glavine became a free agent and signed with the New York Mets. His 2006 season was his most successful with the Mets, finishing the season with a 15-7 record and a 3.82 ERA. He pitched 16 consecutive scoreless innings in the 2006 playoffs, finishing with a 2-1 record and a 1.59 ERA.
On August 5, 2007, Glavine became just the 23rd pitcher in Major League Baseball to win his 300th career game, as the Mets defeated the Chicago Cubs 8-3 at Wrigley Field. He is the first pitcher ever to win his 300th game at Wrigley.
After five seasons with the Mets, Glavine became a free agent in November 2007 and returned to the Braves, signing a one-year deal.
An injury to his hamstring and his elbow caused Glavine to make just 13 starts in the 2008 season, sending him to the disabled list for the first time in his career. He had season-ending elbow and shoulder surgery on August 21.
After rehabbing during the offseason and feeling confident he could continue to pitch, Glavine agreed to a one-year deal with the Braves on February 20, 2009. After suffering a shoulder-related setback in April, he rehabbed in the minors and was prepared to rejoin the Atlanta ballclub and make his first start in June, but the Braves released him on June 3.
Glavine announced his retirement on February 11, 2010 and was hired by the Braves to be the special assistant to team president John Schuerholz. He assists Schuerholz on baseball and business projects and also works on special assignments for general manager Frank Wren.. In addition to those activities, Glavine also makes appearances in the broadcast booth for Braves TV and Radio for select games.
On August 6, 2010, Glavine was inducted into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame and had his number retired in a pre-game ceremony. He was elected to Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame on January 8, 2014 in his first year on the ballot. He received 91.9% of votes, landing him a spot alongside Frank Thomas and former teammate Greg Maddux.
Full Name: Thomas Michael Glavine
Born: March 25, 1966 in Concord, Mass.
Resides: Alpharetta, Ga.
Marital Status: Married to Christine St. Onge (11/14/98)
Children: Daughter, Amber; Sons, Jonathan, Peyton, Mason, Kienan
Position (Player): Starting Pitcher
Major League Debut: August 17, 1987
First Major League Win: August 22, 1987
Last Major League Appearance: August 14, 2008
Retired: February 11, 2010
Teams Played For: Atlanta Braves (1987-2002 and 2008), New York Mets (2003-2007)
Agent: Gregg Clifton
Acquired: Was the Braves' 2nd round selection in the 1984 June free agent draft (signed by Tony DeMacio); Acquired by the Mets through free agency on Dec. 9, 2002.; Returned to Braves via free agency on Nov. 18, 2007. Released by Braves on June 3, 2009. Retired on Feb. 11, 2010.
Current Position: Special Assistant to Team President (Feb. 11, 2010)
NHL Draft: Was drafted in the 4th round by the Los Angeles Kings
Notable Awards/Honors (Performance-Based): Cy Young Award (1991, 1998), Silver Slugger Award ( 1991, 1995, 1996, 1998), National League The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year (1991, 2000), World Series MVP Award (1995) , 10-time National League All-Star (1991-1993, 1996-1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006), four National League Pitcher of the Month honors (May 1991, July 1992, April 1997, April 1998), three National League Player of the Week honors (May 1992, June 1993, April 2000), Led or tied the National League in wins four times (1992, 1993, 1998, 2000), Mets Sharp Pitcher of the Year (2006), Braves Hall of Fame Inductee (2010), Braves Number Retired (2010), Major League Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee (2014)
Notable Awards/Honors (Off-The-Field): Atlanta Braves Roberto Clemente Award Honoree (1997), Good Guy Award by New Jersey Sportswriters (Jan. 2004), Joan Payson Award for humanitarian service by New York Chapter of the Baseball Writers of America (Jan. 2004), New York Mets Roberto Clemente Award Honoree (2005), Bart Giamatti Award from the Baseball Assistance Team for community service (Jan. 2006), Ben Epstein (Good Guy) Award by New York Chapter of the Baseball Writers of America (Jan. 2007), Ya Gotta Believe Award for community service (2007), named a Father of the Year by the National Father's Day Committee (2007)