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This Day in Braves History: Phil Niekro is elected to the Hall of Fame

John Smoltz was also elected on this date in 2015.

National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

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This Day in Braves History: January 6

1997 - Phil Niekro is elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA becoming the 227th member of the Hall and just the 87th player to be elected by the writers. Don Sutton falls nine votes shy of induction. Niekro spent 21 of his 24-year career in a Braves uniform. He also played with the Indians, Yankees and Blue Jays. He would retire in 1987 with a 318-274 record and a 3.35 ERA in over 5,400 innings. He amassed over 3,300 strikeouts and appeared in 864 career games.

2000 - Major League Baseball officials order Braves reliever John Rocker to undergo psychological testing following the derogatory remarks he made in an interview with Sports Illustrated. Rocker would ultimately be suspended for 73 days which included all of Spring Training and the first month of the regular season.

2015 - The BBWAA elects John Smoltz, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Craig Biggio to the Hall of Fame. Smoltz, Johnson and Martinez get on on their first ballot while Biggio was on his third attempt. Smoltz spent 20 seasons in a Braves uniform before wrapping up his career with the Cardinals and Red Sox in 2009. He finished his career with a 213-155 record with a 3.33 ERA, 3,084 strikeouts in 3,473 career innings. Smoltz also recorded 154 saves posting a career-high 55 in 2002.