John Smoltz: 'He was a superstar'

Braves pitcher John Smoltz will be inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame Sunday, July 26, in Cooperstown, N.Y.
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Braves pitcher John Smoltz will be inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame Sunday, July 26, in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Credit: AJC File

Credit: AJC File

Braves scout John Hagemann only watched John Smoltz pitch 2 2/3 innings before recommending the team trade for him in exchange for Doyle Alexander in 1987. "You got to see a little bit more than stats. You have to have a little projection," Hagemann said. Nearly 28 years later, Hagemann's projection is entering Baseball's Hall of Fame. Before his July 26 induction, some of those who competed with and against Smoltz share their favorite memories.

Among those telling stories about the Braves' newest Hall of Fame inductee are Braves Hall of Famers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Bobby Cox and fellow 2015 inductee Craig Biggio - who faced Smoltz more than any other batter.

Teammates Maddux, Glavine and Greg Olson share stories about Smoltz off the mound.

Doug Glanville, an ESPN analyst and former outfielder for Phillies and Cubs, shares the batter's perspective on facing Smoltz: "It was like you were pretty much out as soon as you got in the box."

Find more stories on Smoltz in MyAJC and in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this weekend.

» I remember John Smoltz: Teammates, opponents share memories