Fast Facts

  • Taught the accordion by his parents (he idolized Lawrence Welk).
  • His mother, Mary, was the granddaughter of Henry Ford's personal musician.
  • Was a longtime part of the dominant Braves rotation of the 1990s, that also included Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Steve Avery.
  • Won 1996 Cy Young Award (24-8; 2.94 ERA).
  • Missed entire 2000 season due to Tommy John surgery and came back in 2001 as a closer for the Braves. 
  • Spent three full years as a closer, recording 55, 45 and 44 saves respectively in those years. The 55 saves in 2002 set the NL mark, which was matched by Eric Gagne in 2003.
  • In 2002, became the second player to record both 20-win and 50-save seasons. The other was Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley.
  • Only pitcher to reach the 200-win and 150-save plateaus.
  • Reached the 3000-strikeout mark on April 22, 2008.
  • Claims his approachability is due to his mother seeing a child request an autograph from a Tigers player, who said, "Get out of here, kid."
  • An avid golfer who has played the sport with the likes of Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam.
  • In 2010, joined TBS and MLB Network as a baseball analyst.


  • Kathryn — Wife
  • Kelly Christina — Daughter
  • Mary Smoltz — Mother
  • John Andrew Smoltz — Father
  • Dyan — Ex-wife
  • John Andrew Smoltz Jr. — Son
  • Carly Maria — Daughter
  • Rachel Elizabeth — Daughter


  • Birth Name: John Andrew Smoltz
  • Birth Place: Warren, MI
  • Profession: MLB analyst and broadcaster

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