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Rangers Honor Former Hockey Star Glavine

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Mets pitcher Tom Glavine made sports history last week when he became the first former NHL draft pick to win 300 games in Major League Baseball. On Saturday, Glavine was honored at Shea Stadium with Tom Glavine Day, and Rangers legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Rod Gilbert was on hand to join in the celebration.

In honor of the pitcher's remarkable achievement, Gilbert presented Glavine with a No. 47 Rangers jersey -- a reference to the career the 41-year-old Glavine might have enjoyed had he chosen hockey over baseball more than two decades ago.

Glavine's connection to hockey is strong. A fourth-round pick of the Los Angeles Kings in 1984, Glavine had starred at Billerica High School in Billerica, Mass., scoring 47 goals and 94 points in 23 games as a senior. He was named the winner of the Boston Bruins Carlton Award as the top high school player in the Boston area for 1983-84. The Bruins presented the award to him prior to a March 17, 1984, game against New Jersey.

A two-sport star, Glavine made the fateful choice to go with baseball after the Atlanta Braves made him a second-round pick in the 1984 MLB Draft. He had been considering a scholarship offer to play hockey at the University of Lowell, but could not resist the opportunity to pursue a baseball career and opted to enter the minor leagues in the same summer he was drafted.

Rod Gilbert and Tom Glavine display Glavine's Rangers jersey.

Gilbert makes his presentation on Tom Glavine Day at Shea.

Gilbert waits his turn for a one-on-one with Glavine.

Gilbert was one of many special guests honoring Glavine.
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