John Schuerholz to be honored by Atlanta Sports Council

  • Gabriel Burns
4:15 p.m Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 Atlanta Braves
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John Schuerholz, Hall of Famer. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The Atlanta Sports Council will honor Braves Hall of Fame executive John Schuerholz with its 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Schuerholz will be acknowledged at the ASC’s 2018 Atlanta Sports Awards held June 7 at The Fairmont in West Midtown.

“I am humbled and honored to be given this recognition by the Atlanta Sports Council, and it’s even more special given that this community has been our home for nearly 30 years and the relationships we have made here I truly cherish,” Schuerholz said in a press release. “It is with deep gratitude that I accept this honor on behalf of the players, coaches and front office team members of the Atlanta Braves who, working together, helped build a championship organization that achieved a level of success of which we are most proud.”

Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame last summer, Schuerholz was the team’s general manager from 1990 to 2007. He oversaw a worst-to-first turnaround and run of 14-straight division titles and five National League pennants, including a World Series win in 1995.

After the 2007 season, Schuerholz served as Braves president until 2016, and has since been the vice chairman. 

The ASC praised Schuerholz for his work in the community, including his contributions with YES! Atlanta and the Atlanta Braves Foundation. 

“Widely considered one of the most successful and influential general managers in baseball history, John forever changed Atlanta Braves baseball,” said ASC president Dan Corso in a press release. “As both a community leader and a 50-year baseball veteran, John embodies all that the Lifetime Achievement Award stands for, and we look forward to recognizing his achievements on June 7.”

Since 2006, the ASC has held the Atlanta Sports Awards as a means to “recognize athletic excellence on a yearly basis,” per its website.  

Other Braves to win the award include John Smoltz (2016), Tom Glavine (2015), Chipper Jones (2013) and Bobby Cox (2011).