Former Hall of Fame pitcher and current Braves broadcaster Don Sutton spent Wednesday morning playing golf in Rancho Mirage, Calif. on a course with strict no-cell-phone rules. But he gladly risked a $100 fine to keep his phone in his back pocket for the vibrating text message he got just after 11 a.m. Pacific Time that Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine had been elected in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
“I think this is a validation of what they are as people and as pitchers,” Sutton said. “And I couldn’t be happier.”

The former Braves pitchers join former Chicago White Sox first baseman and designated hitter Frank Thomas, a Georgia native, as the three members of the 2014 class voted in by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

“They’re as deserving as anybody I’ve ever been around and certainly Frank Thomas is too,” Sutton said. “But I think for Greg and Tom, I’m almost as happy for them as I was for myself because I got to watch almost all of Tom’s performances, and watch him from the time he was a kid, and I got to watch Maddux at his heyday. So I consider myself lucky to have been able to broadcast their greatness.”

Sutton said he ducked behind a tree to pull out his phone and call both Maddux and Glavine, leaving congratulatory voice mail messages, one Hall of Famer to another. Sutton was inducted in 1998, after winning 324 games over 23 seasons, primarily with the Dodgers.
“I could not be happier for any of the people I’ve ever been around to welcome into the Hall of Fame,” Sutton said. “We are lucky to have those two guys in there.”