in the early 1990s, John Smoltz help turn the Braves franchise around
When John Smoltz broke in with the Braves in 1988, they were coming off of a 92-loss season. Each of the next three years Atlanta lost at least 90 games. With a strong core of up-and-coming young players, the Braves fortunes soon changed. The team hired John Schuerholz as their GM after the 1990 sea
Tommy John surgery washed away his season in 2000. Smoltz returned as a all star closer. In 2002 he led the league with 55 saves. The following season he put up a miniscule 1.12 ERA and saved 45 games.
Smotlz went on to become baseball’s first pitcher to post at least 200 wins and 150 saves.
When Smoltz signed this contract with Topps in March of 1989, he was the owner of a 2-7 career record and 5.48 earned run average. By the time the agreement expired at the end of the 1993 campaign he was a three-time All Star and winner of 72 contests.
On 4/27/2008, John Smoltz became the 16th pitcher with 3,000 strikeouts
Baseball is a game of career milestones. For batter, reaching 500 homers or 3,000 hits as a batter means you’re in the Cooperstown conversation. For pitchers it’s 300 wins or 3,000 strikeouts. Walter Johnson was the first hurler to reach the 3,000-K plateau. He reached the milestone in 1
By 2008, 15 big league pitchers had 3,000 punchouts. On April 27 that season John Smoltz became the 16th.
In the collection is a full ticket to the game that John Smoltz broke the barrier. In this game, one of only six he would play that year, Smotlz held the Nationals to one run while striking out ten Washington batters.
Smoltz signed his name boldly across the top right of the ticket.