Former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz will be inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame on Friday.
Smoltz' uniform number, 29, will also be retired.
"I am truly honored," said Smoltz. "I never thought about my number being retired. This is very humbling."
There will be a special luncheon and the uniform retirement will occur during a pregame ceremony before the Braves play the Toronto Blue Jays.
"John has contributed so much to Atlanta Braves history," said Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz. "Inducting him into our Hall of Fame and making sure no one else will ever wear his number 29, are the most meaningful and significant ways we can honor John."
Smoltz said he was given the number 29. He said he has never been suspicious about it.
Smoltz' number 29 is the ninth Braves uniform number to be retired. He joins Hank Aaron (44), Eddie Mathews (41), Dale Murphy (3), Phil Niekro (35), Warren Spahn (21), Greg Maddux (31), Tom Glavine (47) and Bobby Cox (6). The Braves, along with all Major League Baseball teams, also retired number 42 to honor Jackie Robinson.
Smoltz spent 20 seasons with the Braves. He is the only pitcher in Major League history with at least 200 wins and 150 saves. Smoltz also has the most strikeouts in postseason history with 199.
Smoltz will join Hank Aaron, Bill Bartholomay, Lew Burdette, Skip Caray, Bobby Cox, Del Crandall, Ralph Garr, Tom Glavine, Tommy Holmes, Ernie Johnson, David Justice, Herman Long, Bill Lucas, Greg Maddux, Eddie Mathews, Dale Murphy, Kid Nichols, Phil Niekro, John Sain, Paul Snyder, Warren Spahn, Ted Turner, and Pete Van Wieren in the Braves Hall of Fame.
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