This book is the 1st book in this new feature at ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.
Title – ‘The 4th Wheel’
Synopsis – A tell-all book featuring all of the pitchers that pitched in the 4th spot for the Atlanta Braves while playing in the shadows of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and John Smoltz.
Jacket Content – Being a major league pitcher is a tough job. The team’s success depends on your performance each and every time you take the mound. The pressure is enough to end careers. Now imagine trying to perform when you have to follow the excellence of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and John Smoltz.
‘The 4th Wheel’ tells the stories of those men with the un-enviable task of doing just that. The 4th guy in the pitching staff that dominated baseball for more than a decade. Some did well, while some floundered. This is their story of how they dealt with playing under the magnifying glass as they tried to live up to the performances of their All-star playing, Cy Young Award winning, future Hall of Fame teammates.
Starting with the 1992 season, ‘The 4th Wheel’ allows the Braves’ ‘other guy’ to share how it felt to play alongside this talented trio. Some of the stories are hilarious; some are gut-wrenching; and some are a roller coaster of both emotions. The feelings you will emote as you read through this book will differ with each and every player you get re-introduced to. But the ultimate feeling you will leave with is that the 3-headed monster of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and John Smoltz may have made up the greatest pitching trio of all-time.
1 – The 3-Headed Monster
2 – Steve Avery & Charlie Leibrandt
3 – Steve Avery & Pete Smith
4 – Steve Avery & Kent Mercker
5 – Steve Avery & Kent Mercker
6 – Steve Avery & Jason Schmidt
7 – Denny Neagle
8 – Denny Neagle & Kevin Millwood
9 – Kevin Millwood & Odalis Perez
10 – Kevin Millwood, John Burkett, & Andy Ashby
11 – Kevin Millwood, John Burkett, & Odalis Perez
12 – Kevin Millwood, Jason Marquis, & Damian Moss
13 – Hall of Fame Bound