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BILLERICA ROAD NAMED FOR STAR NATIVE SON

By Chris Camire, Lowell Sun
Original Article HERE.

BILLERICA -- Two Cy Young Awards. Ten All-Star Game appearances. One World Series MVP. And now, his very own street.

Major League Baseball pitcher and Billerica native Tom Glavine can add another feather to his illustrious cap, now that town officials have approved naming the driveway into Billerica Memorial High School from Boston Road "Tom Glavine Way."

The idea to name the driveway after Glavine was hatched by Scott and Tish Crandall -- both a year in front of Glavine in high school -- shortly after Glavine earned his 300th career win on Aug. 5, 2007. Scott was a high school baseball teammate of Glavine's and remains one of the his closest friends.

Scott Crandall, 44, hopes the sign will help future generations of Billerica High School students realize they can achieve their goals, just as Glavine did.

"All of Tom's accomplishments started at Billerica High School, from academics to sports," said Crandall. "We want every student that attends the school to know who Tom is and what he did."

Glavine, a popular honor-roll student and baseball and hockey star in Billerica High's Class of 1984, is one of only 24 pitchers in Major League history to win 300 games. Although Glavine has yet to make his retirement from baseball official, he is virtually guaranteed a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown five years after he does.

Glavine doesn't know about the street yet. The Crandalls want to surprise him the next time he visits Billerica. But the couple says Glavine's parents Fred and Millie, who live on Treble Cove Road in the house Fred built in 1962, are very pleased.

The sign is expected to go up in the next month.