How appropriate is it that in our jersey number countdown, we land on No. 47 the same weekend Tom Glavine gets inducted into the Hall of Fame? The Hall of Fame pitcher was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1987 and he played there until 2002 when he became a New York Met. However, his last MLB appearance was with the Braves in 2008.
In 2007, he returned to the team who drafted him but in 2008 he was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his 22-year professional career. Prior to his injury, 2008 saw Glavine earn his 304th career win.
He was a 10-time All-Star and a World Series MVP in 1995. Not only was he a two-time N.L. Cy Young winner but the pitcher was also a Silver Slugger Award winner four times.
He finished his career with an overall record of 305-203. He had an ERA of 3.95 and 2607 strikeouts.
Glavine goes into the Cooperstown with his longtime Atlanta teammate Greg Maddux.
His jersey No. 47 is retried for the Atlanta Braves as he proved to be one of the greatest to ever suit up for the franchise and is the greatest athlete to ever wear No. 47.
It didn’t matter what Stadium the Dallas Cowboys were playing in, it could be RFK Stadium against the Washington Redskins, the “Moose” calls could be heard every time Daryl Johnston touched the ball.
Johnston is often overlooked when it comes to the Cowboys dynasty of the 1990s. Yes they had the Great Wall of Dallas to pave the way for Emmitt Smith and give time for Troy Aikman but how many of Smith’s yards are due to the Moose blocking for him? Smith would be the first to say his fullback helped out a ton. After he broke the All-time rushing record, Smith had a moment thanking Johnston, who had become an analyst for Fox.
The Cowboys took Johnston out of Syracuse in the second round of the 1989 NFL draft, the same year they took Aikman. Johnston was a two-time Pro Bowler and instrumental in helping the Cowboys win three Super Bowls.
The block fullback style the Cowboys used with him seems to be a thing of the past but it’s what helped Smith earn his way into the record books and the Cowboys earn those rings.
Speaking of those calls yelling, “Moose,” well hopefully we’ll hear those from Canton soon because Moose is deserving of the Hall of Fame. He’s certainly the best player to ever wear No. 48.