COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Tom Glavine got an up-close look at the Hall of Fame on Monday during a tour ahead of his induction this summer.
The retired left-hander first visited the Hall last summer, when son Mason was playing in an area baseball tournament.
”When I came here last year, obviously, it was more to see the museum, so to speak, and kind of hoping I would be here some day,” Glavine said as he stood in the plaque gallery, only feet from where his bronze plaque will be placed on a wall in four months. ”Now, I’m here with the objective of becoming more familiar with this place, and where my place will be in terms of my plaque, so it’s a little bit different in that regard.”
Glavine will be inducted July 27, along with former Atlanta teammate Greg Maddux and manager Bobby Cox, Frank Thomas and former managers Tony La Russa and Joe Torre.
”Had I not gotten in, I know the biggest disappointment for me would have been missing out on that opportunity to go in with Bobby and Greg,” Glavine said. ”Those two guys I spent a lot of my career with and were very influential on me as a baseball player. And to have the opportunity to go in with two guys that were a teammate and a manager for a long time, guys that were such a big part of my career, but also helped make me a better player, that’s a great opportunity.”
Accompanied by wife Chris, Glavine spent time at the 19th century baseball exhibit ”Taking the Field,” visited the Babe Ruth Gallery and viewed ”Pride and Passion,” which documents the African-American baseball experience.
”It was nice having the opportunity to walk through it the way that we did today. It’s amazing,” Glavine said. ”You know – but you don’t know – how much history there is in this game, how many cool things have happened, how many things you look at what guys accomplished, and you just shake your head and wonder how they do that. So, it has been a really neat perspective.
”I’m not a huge baseball historian. I’m aware of a lot of things, but when you get into this atmosphere and you really start breaking down the history of the game and how it has evolved over the years and how guys have done the things that they’ve done, it’s really remarkable.”
Glavine also revisited some artifacts he’s donated over the years, including his spikes from the 1995 World Series, when he was voted MVP after winning twice against Cleveland.
Glavine spent the vast majority of his career with the Braves, winning NL Cy Young Awards in 1991 and `98. The 10-time All-Star and five-time 20-game winner ended his career 305-203.
”Every once in a while, I’ll have some moments where it’s hard to get my brain around what’s going on,” Glavine said, ”and this is probably one of those moments.”