GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Major League Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Glavine will be the featured speaker at the 20th Annual Upstate Diamond Classic, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Greenville's Hyatt Regency-Downtown beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00.
Tickets to the Upstate Diamond Classic, sponsored by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices / C. Dan Joyner Realtors, The Greenville Drive, and Furman Baseball, are $100 per person, which includes dinner. Tickets to attend both the reception, to include a meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with Glavine, and dinner are $130. A table for 10 can be purchased for $900, which includes two tickets to the reception. Reservations can be made online by clicking here.
All proceeds benefit the Furman baseball program.
Glavine, a 2014 first ballot inductee into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, fashioned one of the finest pitching careers in history, posting a 305-203 record, primarily with the Atlanta Braves, with whom he won two Cy Young Awards and the 1995 World Series Championship. His brilliant one-hit performance over eight innings in the Braves' 1-0, series clinching, game-six triumph over the Cleveland Indians in the 1995 World Series netted him series MVP honors.
He won 20 games five times — all with the Braves, with whom he helped comprise one of the most productive starting rotations ever assembled along with fellow Hall of Famers John Smoltz and Greg Maddux.
Glavine's 305 victories rank 21st all-time and fourth among left-handers. Known for his durability, consistency, and control, he registered 29 or more starts in 19 of his 22 seasons in the major leagues (1987-08), falling short in only his first and last campaigns, and in MLB's strike-shortened 1994 season.
A 10-time major league all-star, he ranks 12th in baseball history in starts (682) and 25th in strikeouts (2,607).
Glavine's jersey No. 47 was retired by the Braves in 2010.
A native of Billerica, Mass., he was selected by the Braves in the second round of the 1984 MLB Draft and also by the National Hockey League Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft.
Glavine's long-time Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone joined Furman's baseball program as a special advisor in August.
The Upstate Diamond Classic is the premier annual individual sport fundraising event conducted within Furman's 20-sport intercollegiate athletics program. Over the years it has featured many noted speakers, including Tommy Lasorda, Bobby Richardson, Alvin Dark, John Smoltz, Phil Niekro, Tommy John, Jeff Francouer, Bobby Thompson, Marty Brennaman, John Grisham, Dr. James Andrews, Chipper Jones, and Brett Butler, among others.
Furman opens its 2017 season on Friday, Feb. 17 at 4:00 p.m. against Dayton at Latham Stadium on campus.
Remember, to make ticket reservations to the event click here.
Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information