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A stretch of Old Milton Parkway has been renamed and dedicated to one of the greatest pitchers in Atlanta Braves’ history.
State Senator Brandon Beach sponsored the resolution to change the stretch of Old Milton Parkway from GA 400 to Highway 9 in north Fulton County as John Smoltz Highway. That proposal was included in a larger resolution of state highway dedications approved and signed by the governor.
The Hall of Fame pitcher was honored by Beach, GDOT and other senators who co-sponsored the bill at the Oak Steakhouse at Avalon in Alpharetta last week.
“(Smoltz’s) many career accomplishments, on and off the field, as well as exceptional dedication to his family and the community are a testament to him and are the reason we are all standing in this room tonight,” said Beach, R- Alpharetta, who is also the CEO and President of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce. “He is so deserving and I couldn’t be happier for him.”
Smoltz, who was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015 during his first year of eligibility, played 21 seasons of Major League Baseball — 20 of them with the Braves. He is the only person in MLB history to record 200 wins and 150 saves. He was an eight-time All-Star, the winner of the 1996 NL Cy Young award, and is 16th all-time in strikeouts with 3,084.
The other sponsors of the bill were state senators Jeff Mullis, Steve Gooch, Rick Jeffares, John Albers, Butch Miller and John Wilkinson.
Smoltz is now a broadcaster for Fox Sports.