CLEVELAND, TN (WRCB) -- Atlanta Braves legendary pitcher and recent Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tom Glavine didn't disappoint Saturday night as he served as keynote speaker for the Bradley Sunrise Rotary's sixth annual Sunset Gala at the Cleveland Country Club.
We caught up with Glavine early, as he signed plenty of baseballs for the club's annual fund raiser which helps more than a dozen non-profit groups across the greater Cleveland area.
The two time Cy Young Award winner with a career 300+ game wins says a number of things have changed since his induction to baseball's hallowed hallway, where fellow starter Greg Maddux and Braves manager Bobby Cox were also enshrined.
His other battery mate, John Smoltz, will also be inducted later this month as a first ballot winner.
Glavine says he can't wait.
" Like I said, I saw first hand how good he was and I knew first hand how good he was pitching at big games. " I've said it and I'll say it again, if there was a big game to be pitched and I couldn't pitch it, I wanted him out there because he was really good in big games. So to me, all those things added up to being a Hall of Famer, but I guess again, having lived it for a year and knowing the importance that the writers put on that first ballot and how seriously they take it, you just don't know how its going to go but I'm glad it went the way it did, he deserves it," said Glavine.
During the past year, BSR has awarded more than $75,000 to 20 local non-profit groups and during the gala's five year history, BSR has raised more than $420,000.