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John Smoltz visits Pine Belt FCA; talks baseball, life


A Cy Young Winner, National League Championship Series MVP, and World Series Champion in 1995, former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz stopped by Hattiesburg for Good Friday. He spoke at the Breakfast of Champions, hosted by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at the Lake Terrace Convention Center.

While he shared many stories of times on the diamond, his message carried importance both on and off the grounds of athletic competition. Smoltz talked about his faith, as well as the important of passion, perseverance, and ultimately how he feels he must use his success as a platform to spread his message. 

"It's not fair that when you wear a uniform, you have so much impact," said Smoltz, "You have so much opportunity in the world, but it is the way it is. So, that stage you're given, I look forward to honoring God in every chance I can."

Smoltz retired from Major League Baseball in 2009, and since then, has made it a point to attend and speak at FCA functions whenever his schedule will permit. "I've been all over, from Augusta to all over the different areas speaking at FCA events," shared Smoltz, "and it just warms my heart to know that what they're doing is so huge and so impactful for these young kids.

"FCA has been one of the greatest organizations over the course of my career that' I've been involved with. Every opportunity I can, I really make an effort to get to an FCA event."

When he's not speaking at FCA events, Smoltz spends a lot of time on the golf course, and will spend much more time in a broadcaster's booth as a color analyst for major league broadcasts. Smoltz also shared how, for now, he has no interest in returning to the majors as a coach.

The Breakfast of Champions featured speakers such as former WDAM Sports Director Mitch Williams, Southern Miss Head Baseball Coach Scott Berry, William Carey University Head Baseball Coach Bobby Halford, and former Southern Miss Athletics Director Richard Giannini.


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