John Smoltz Appearance Tonight at Coolray Field


The former Atlanta Braves legend John Smoltz will be appearing at Coolray Field on Friday, May 25 to autograph his book, Starting and Closing. The future Hall-of-Famer will be signing his book only, until game time and then he will be throwing out the first pitch of the game between the Gwinnett Braves and Rochester Red Wings scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Smoltz will be signing his book in the picnic area along the first base line at Coolray Field.

John Smoltz was one of the greatest pitchers of his era amidst the 20th and 21st century. He is the only player in Major League history to record a 50-save and 20-win season respectively. The right-hander won 24 games in 1996 as a starting pitcher and saved 55 games as a closer in 2002. He was truly a man who not only broke records, but he created new ones. His storied career is chronicled in-depthly in his new book, Starting and Closing. 

The book chronicles Smoltz’s final season in a major league uniform, capping a legendary career that included fourteen years as part of one of the most dominant starting rotations in baseball, a Cy Young Award, and a World Series title-all while battling and overcoming “career-ending” injuries. At age 41, Smoltz was making yet another unlikely comeback from his fifth surgery. Recounting the story of a season that tested his perseverance and deepened his faith, Smoltz flashes back to watershed moments in the skeptic-defying journey from being one of the best starting pitchers of all time, to closer, to starter again.

Be sure to be at the ballpark early to catch a glimpse of the living legend or grab a copy of Starting and Closing for John Smoltz to sign. Either way, it is Country Music Night and Fantastic Friday Fireworks as well, making tonight one unforgettable evening. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. sharp from Coolray Field.

Tickets for May 25 and all other Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit for more information.

By: Tony Piraro

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