Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz and former outfielder Andruw Jones will be inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame this summer, the organization announced today. The duo will be inducted during a luncheon on August 19 and honored that evening in a pregame ceremony before the Braves play the Washington Nationals.
"The organization is thrilled to welcome these two treasured members of our family into the Braves Hall of Fame," said Braves Chairman and CEO Terry McGuirk. "Both John and Andruw have had an incredible impact on this franchise, though in much different ways, and they are beyond deserving of this honor."
John Schuerholz is entering his 51st season in professional baseball and his 26th campaign with the Braves organization. His baseball career began in 1966 as an administrative assistant with his hometown team, the Baltimore Orioles. Two years later, Schuerholz moved to the newly established Kansas City Royals, where he would spend the next 22 years. In 1981, the Royals named 41-year-old Schuerholz general manager, making him the youngest in Major League Baseball at the time. With Schuerholz as GM, the Royals went on to win their first World Series in 1985. Schuerholz joined the Braves organization in October 1990, and by 1991, the team was in the World Series for the first time since 1958. During his tenure as general manager, the Braves won 14 consecutive division championships, five National League pennants and the 1995 World Series. With the team's 1995 World Series championship, Schuerholz became the first executive to be general manager of world championship teams in both the American and National leagues. Schuerholz transitioned from general manager to president of the Braves in 2007.
One of the most successful outfielders in Braves history, Andruw Jones signed with the Braves in 1993 as an amateur free agent and made his Major League debut in August of 1996. Two months later, at the age of 19, Jones became the youngest player to hit a home run in the World Series, when he posted a two-homer game in Game 1 of the 1996 Fall Classic against the New York Yankees. During his 12 seasons with the Braves, the Curacao native won 10 straight Gold Glove Awards and was voted to the All-Star Team five times. Additionally, in 2005 he won the Silver Slugger Award, the NL Hank Aaron Award and the Major League Player of the Year. Jones finished his Major League career with 1,933 hits, 1,289 RBIs and 434 home runs.
Tickets to the luncheon and induction ceremony can be purchased by calling the Braves Museum & Hall of Fame at 404-614-2310. Individual tickets are $150 and include the chance to sit with a current or former player, manager, coach or Braves Hall of Famer.