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Tom Glavine: ‘Little did I know my left arm would lead me here’

Tom Glavine spoke during Sunday’s induction ceremony in Cooperstown.

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Tom Glavine spoke during Sunday’s induction ceremony in Cooperstown.

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Tom Glavine, that rare athlete drafted by two professional leagues in different sports, has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Glavine, who was a star for Billerica in the early 1980s, was enshrined Sunday at the Hall in Cooperstown.

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Glavine won 305 games and two Cy Young Awards, and posted five seasons with 20 or more victories. Only three left-handers have more wins — Warren Spahn, Steve Carlton and Eddie Plank.

“I had a few goals when I took the mound. Represent the logo and never embarrass the name on the back,” he said during the ceremony.

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Drafted by the Braves in 1984, Glavine also was taken by the Los Angeles Kings in the NHL draft that year but chose to focus on baseball.

“Little did I know as a kid when I threw snowballs over the trees, my left arm would lead me here,” Glavine said.

Glavine was on the mound when the Braves won Game 6 to clinch the 1995 World Series and give the city of Atlanta its lone major sports title.

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