Quiz – Tom Glavine

Tom Glavine was among the finest pitchers of his time, compiling a distinguished 20-year, 300-win career likely to be recognized with his enshrinement in the HOF. Among Glavine’s many accomplishments was a season performance which, at the time, had not been achieved in either league in almost 60 seasons. What was this accomplishment?


      • When Glavine became the ninth pitcher since 1901 to achieve this feat, he was (like most who had done it before him) past age 30
      • The eight pitchers preceding Glavine accomplished this feat within a span of just 23 seasons. None of them are in the HOF.
      • A tenth pitcher achieved this feat  before Glavine retired, becoming the oldest pitcher to do so. Like Glavine, he is probably destined for the HOF.
          • Besides Glavine, there is only one other lefthander among these ten pitchers

Congratulations (and welcome back) to Raphy, with an assist from Richard Chester. Raphy identified search criteria satisfying the above clues. The season I had in mind was Glavine’s 2004 campaign with 200+ IP, ERA+ >= 100, zero wild pitches and zero hit batsmen. The list of pitchers to do this since 1901 satisfies the above clues.

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Is it “punching Mark Lemke in the throat”?


Did that actually happen, Jim? Never heard of that one.


In 2003, Glavine gave up 10 triples.


Which was the most since Ryan Dempster gave up 11 in 2002.


There had to be a lot of guys back in the dead ball era who did that though- of the top 20 career leaders in triples all but a handful played most of their careers in that era and only 2 of them had careers that started after 1920. Couple that with guys routinely pitching 300 and some even 400 innings and you have to have more than just 8 guys that gave up double figures in triples in a season.

Richard Chester

It looks like Paul Derringer holds the record for most consecutive IP without a WP or HBP. From 9-14-36 to 9-7-38 he pitched in 83 games for a total of 506 innings without either. For the games immediately prior to and after the 83 games it cannot be determined exactly when he had a WP or HBP. So his streak is at least 506 IP.