Wednesday, October 26, 2005


John Smoltz has become the recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award for fineness on the field and in the community. The Atlanta Braves pitcher received the award by baseball commissioner Bud Selig and Roberto Clemente Jr. before the start of Game 3 of the World Series between the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros. The premier honor of his career is truly the greatest award that a player can achieve. Smoltz comeback has helped the Braves win their record 14th division title in a row, but unfortunately Braves were eliminated in the first round of the NL playoffs with an 18-inning loss at Minute Maid Park, which was also the longest game in postseason history. This is also the first World Series game he ever attended that didn't play in. Robert Clemente’s career came to an end when he died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while he was on his way to deliver relief supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

The achiever of the Robert Clemente award is nominated by a committee that includes Selig and Vera Clemente, Roberto's wife. John has had an outstanding career on the field of play, and equally contributed his best off the field. John’s wife Dyane has contributed to the Atlanta community. In short the good deeds of the couple have been commendable and keeping with the tradition of the man for whom this award is named. The 38-year-old Smoltz has spent all 17 of his major league seasons with Atlanta. He won the 1996 NL Cy Young Award as a starter. Smoltz and his wife formed the John and Dyan Smoltz Foundation in 1997.


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