ATLANTA — Tom Glavine thought of his rocky first full season with the Atlanta Braves when the team announced Tuesday it will retire his number.
Glavine’s highlights with the Braves included two NL Cy Young awards and the decisive win over the Cleveland Indians in the 1995 World Series.
Before he enjoyed five seasons with 20 or more wins with Atlanta, Glavine went 7-17 in 1988. He says at that point there was no way he could know his No. 47 would one day be retired by the team.
"It’s not something you ever envisioned and not something I ever envisioned, certainly with the way my career started in Atlanta," Glavine told The Associated Press.
The Braves will induct Glavine into the team’s Hall of Fame and retire his number Aug. 6 before a home game against the San Francisco Giants.
Glavine ranks 21st all-time with 305 wins, including 244 with the Braves. He spent five years with the New York Mets from 2003-07 but played most of his career with manager Bobby Cox and pitching coach Leo Mazzone in Atlanta.
The left-hander joined Greg Maddux, who had his No. 31 retired by the Braves and Cubs last year, and John Smoltz in a dominant Braves rotation. The three combined to win seven Cy Young awards in the 1990s.
"Like most of my career, I was fortunate to play for a great manager and have a great pitching coach and have some great players around me," Glavine said. "That all made me better and it was just a great environment to play in."
He will become only the seventh Braves player to have his number retired, joining Maddux, Hank Aaron (44), Warren Spahn (21), Eddie Matthews (41), Dale Murphy (3) and Phil Niekro (35).