Tuesday, January 12, 2021

tom glavine is in my hall of famer collection

tom glavine is a first-ballot hall of famer, but he wasn't in my initial roster for my hall of famer collection. after some thought last summer, i changed my mind. he's in my collection with this card as his entry:
that's a 2019 topps tribute autograph numbered 18/90. here's the back:
growing up as a baseball fan, i believed that there was a universal truth: 300 wins or 3,000 strikeouts makes one a lock for cooperstown. there just weren't that many pitchers who had achieved those milestones. so, i was a bit confused when gaylord perry and fergie jenkins didn't get the call in 1989. they eventually were voted in on their third ballot, but then there was phil niekro in 1993 and don sutton in 1994 and bert blyleven in 1998 and so it was apparent that those numbers weren't automatic - at least not first ballot automatic, since those guys were eventually enshrined.  so, when tom glavine became eligible for induction, i did not expect him to make it on his first try even though he had 305 victories to his name. however, he did enter cooperstown on the first ballot.

mike mussina was on the same ballot for induction in 2014 (as was no-doubter greg maddux), and his numbers were similar to glavine's aside from the 300 wins. mussina (whom i considered to be a borderline candidate) only received 20.3% of the vote while glavine received 91.9%. it didn't make sense to me.  maybe i begrudged glavine his early entry while the pitchers i followed as a youngster had to wait.

glavine pitched 22 years in the majors (almost to the day) and amassed two cy young awards, a world series mvp award, and 2,607 strikeouts to go along with his 1,500 walks, 3.52 era, and 1.314 whip. even with a couple of those bloated numbers, there is no denying that he was a very good pitcher, and he showed me as much the one time i saw him pitch in person.  it was opening day at dodger stadium on april 8, 1996 and glavine and the braves were facing hideo nomo. the dodgers won 1-0 behind a complete game from nomo, but glavine was strong as well. he pitched 7 innings and had 9 strikeouts. he allowed only five hits (all singles), but unfortunately for him, three of them came in the same inning. it was a good ol' fashioned pitchers' duel, and i loved every minute of it.

here's my hall of famer collection as its been documented so far:

babe ruth - 2003 topps tribute world series edition world series tribute relic 351/425

honus wagner - 2001 topps tribute relic

nap lajoie - 2002 topps tribute milestone materials relic

tris speaker - 2011 topps tribute dual relic green parallel 53/75

eddie collins - 2002 topps tribute milestone materials relic

george sisler - 2004 topps tribute hall of fame tribute relic

jimmie foxx - 2013 topps tribute retired remnants relic 91/99

mel ott - 2011 topps tribute quad relic 15/99

dizzy dean - 2001 topps tribute relic

hank greenberg - 2004 topps tribute hall of fame tribute relic

bob feller - 2001 topps archives certified autograph

jackie robinson - 2004 topps clubhouse collection clubhouse relic

ted williams - 1992 upper deck baseball heroes autograph 1067/2000

roy campanella - 2001 topps tribute relic

stan musial - 2002 topps team topps legends autograph

yogi berra - 1998 donruss signatures significant signatures 1640/2000

sandy koufax - 1998 donruss signatures significant signatures 1707/2000

roberto clemente - 2005 donruss greats hall of fame souvenirs relic

warren spahn - 1999 upper deck century legends epic signatures

mickey mantle - 2000 upper deck legends legendary game jerseys relic


ernie banks - 1999 upper deck century legends epic signatures

willie mays - 1997 topps willie mays reprints certified autograph

al kaline - 2001 fleer greats of the game autograph

duke snider - 2003 upper deck sp authentic chirography hall of famers 144/250

bob gibson - 2001 fleer greats of the game autograph

hank aaron - 2004 topps originals 1979 topps all-time record holders rbi 03/32

frank robinson - 1995 upper deck autograph

brooks robinson - 2001 topps golden anniversary great autograph

don drysdale - 1993 nabisco all-star autographs

harmon killebrew - 2000 upper deck legends legendary signatures

pee wee reese - 2001 topps tribute relic

lou brock - 2018 topps archives signature series 1989 buyback 53/61

ray dandridge - 2006 upper deck sp legendary cuts a place in history cut autograph 31/43

jim hunter - 1998 donruss signature series significant signatures 0736/2000

willie stargell - 2000 upper deck legends legendary signatures 

johnny bench - 2019 topps definitive collection legendary autograph 09/25

red schoendienst - 2012 panini cooperstown signatures 038/549


carl yastrzemski - 2000 fleer greats of the game autograph

jim palmer - 2001 fleer greats of the game autograph

rod carew - 2004 topps retired signature autograph

fergie jenkins - 2013 topps five star baseball autograph 154/333


gaylord perry - 2003 topps finest finest moments autograph

rollie fingers - 2018 topps archives signature series 1978 topps buyback 1/3

hal newhouser - 1993 front row premium all-time greats autograph


tom seaver - 2013 topps five star baseball autograph 44/50

reggie jackson - 2018 topps tier one tier one talent autograph 19/60

steve carlton - 2018 topps five star career year autograph 43/45

mike schmidt - 2002 topps archives autoproof 1980 topps buyback 048/147

phil niekro - 2017 panini donruss recollection collection 1983 donruss buyback autograph 13/33

don sutton - 2001 fleer greats of the game autograph

robin yount - 2001 upper deck ultimate collection ultimate signatures 112/150

carlton fisk - 1999 upper deck century legends epic signatures

tony perez - 2004 fleer national pastime 2002 fleer greats authentic autograph buyback 30/59

dave winfield - 2003 upper deck sp authentic chirography hall of famers 121/350

ozzie smith - 2019 topps finest finest origins autograph

gary carter - 1999 fleer sports illustrated greats of the game autograph collection


eddie murray - 2004 upper deck sp legendary cuts legendary sigs 45/50 

dennis eckersley - 2017 topps archives signature series 1984 topps buyback 47/99

paul molitor - 2016 topps museum collection archival autographs 021/125

wade boggs - 2005 upper deck baseball heroes autograph red parallel 30/49

ryne sandberg - 2016 topps five star autographs gold parallel 17/50


bruce sutter - 2003 topps all-time fan favorites certified autograph

tony gwynn - 1997 donruss signature series millennium marks autograph 0702/1000

cal ripken jr - 2018 topps high tek portraitek autograph 32/75

goose gossage - 2003 topps finest finest moments autograph

jim rice - 2005 upper deck past time pennants past time signatures

andre dawson - 2000 fleer greats of the game autograph

bert blyleven - 2004 upper deck legends timeless teams autograph


ron santo - 2004 topps retired signature autograph

tom glavine - 2019 topps tribute autograph 18/90

greg maddux - 2018 topps luminaries masters of the mound autograph 13/15

pedro martinez - 2018 topps high tek portraitek autograph 09/60

ken griffey jr - 2003 upper deck game face autograph

mike piazza - 2014 topps five star autograph 35/50

tim raines - 2018 topps tribute tribute autograph green parallel 26/95

vladimir guerrero - 2000 upper deck legends legendary signatures

jim thome - 2020 topps archives signature series 2012 topps mini 1/1

jack morris - 2004 donruss timelines recollection collection 1986 buyback autograph 23/45

alan trammell - 2001 fleer greats of the game autograph

roy halladay - 2017 topps archives signature series 2004 topps buyback 15/23



pete rose* - 2018 panini flawless legendary signatures 15/25


barry bonds* - 2001 bowman heritage autographs

roger clemens* - 1995 upper deck autograph
 
you can find the full list of hall of famers (and some not - yet) that i aim to include in this collection at my want list site. 

2 comments:

  1. Had to do some digging... but here's an article I read about Mussina and Glavine a while back:

    https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/comparing-the-career-resumes-of-tom-glavine-mike-mussina/

    I think for me I always favored Glavine over Mussina, because he played on those awesome Braves teams... while Mussina eventually played for the Yankees. But their numbers are a lot closer than I ever thought.

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    1. thanks for that link fuji! it matches my thinking very closely. i'm glad they are both in the hall as i am more of a "big hall" guy i guess.

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