John Smoltz 1997 Score #120 Autographed Card.
The card includes a Letter of Authenticity from The Joe DiMaggio Estate.
John Andrew Smoltz (born May 15, 1967), nicknamed “Smoltzie” and “Marmaduke,” is a former baseball pitcher who played 22 seasons in the MLB from 1988 to 2009, all but the last year with the Atlanta Braves.
An eight-time All-Star, Smoltz was one of a celebrated trio of starting pitchers, along with Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, who propelled Atlanta to perennial pennant contention in the 1990s, highlighted by a championship in the 1995 World Series. He won the National League (NL) Cy Young Award in 1996 after posting a record of 24–8, equaling the most victories by an NL pitcher since 1972. Though predominantly known as a starter, Smoltz was converted to a reliever in 2001 following his recovery from Tommy John surgery and spent four years as the team’s closer before returning to a starting role. In 2002, he set the NL record with 55 saves and became only the second pitcher in history (joining Dennis Eckersley) to record both a 20-win season and a 50-save season. He is the only pitcher in major league history to record both 200 wins and 150 saves.
July 23, 1988, for the Atlanta Braves
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 2009, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Win–loss record 213–155
Earned run average 3.33
Atlanta Braves (1988–1999, 2001–2008)
Boston Red Sox (2009)
St. Louis Cardinals (2009)
Career highlights and awards
8× All-Star (1989, 1992, 1993, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007)
World Series champion (1995)
NL Cy Young Award (1996)
NLCS MVP (1992)
Silver Slugger Award (1997)
NL Rolaids Relief Man Award (2002)
Roberto Clemente Award (2005)
2× NL wins leader (1996, 2006)
2× NL strikeout leader (1992, 1996)
NL saves leader (2002)
Atlanta Braves #29 retired
Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame
Vote 82.9% (first ballot)