ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves will honor former third baseman Chipper Jones on June 28 by inducting him into the Braves Hall of Fame and retiring his uniform number. The induction will take place at a special luncheon at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and the uniform number retirement will occur in a pre-game ceremony that night before the Braves take on the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“Chipper was a Brave from the beginning to the end of his career and his legacy will forever live in our record books,” Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz said in a statement. “There is no greater honor that we can bestow upon him than to induct him into our Hall of Fame and retire his iconic number 10.”
Jones’ number 10 will fittingly be the 10th Braves uniform number to be retired, joining Hank Aaron (44), Eddie Mathews (41), Dale Murphy (3), Phil Niekro (35), Warren Spahn (21), Greg Maddux (31), Tom Glavine (47), Bobby Cox (6) and John Smoltz (29). The Braves also retired the number 42 along with all Major League Baseball teams to honor Jackie Robinson.
Larry Wayne Jones, Jr. was selected by the Braves as the first overall pick in the 1990 free agent draft and spent 19 years in the Majors.
He won the National League MVP Award in 1999, the batting title in 2008 (with a .364 average), was an eight-time All-Star, a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner and the only switch hitter in MLB history to own a .300 career batting average and hit at least 300 home runs.
Jones will join Aaron, Bill Bartholomay, Lew Burdette, Skip Caray, Cox, Del Crandall, Ralph Garr, Glavine, Tommy Holmes, Ernie Johnson, David Justice, Herman Long, Bill Lucas, Maddux, Mathews, Murphy, Kid Nichols, Niekro, John Sain, Smoltz, Paul Snyder, Spahn, Ted Turner, and Pete Van Wieren in the Braves Hall of Fame.
Tickets will be available for the June 28 game beginning on Monday at www.braves.com/tickets, the Braves ticket office at Turner Field, by calling (800) 745-3000, or at any Ticketmaster outlet.
Individual tickets for the 2013 Braves Hall of Fame luncheon and induction ceremony are available at braves.com/tickets. For tables of 10 or to receive more detailed information, call (404) 614-2310.