John Schuerholz

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John Boland Schuerholz

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2017

Biographical Information[edit]

John Schuerholz got his start in baseball as a Baltimore Orioles executive working as a Administrative Assistant to Minor League Clubs from 1967 to 1968. He spent twenty-two years with the Kansas City Royals organization. He was the farm director in 1976, Scouting Director from 1977 to 1980, assistant GM in 1981, and General Manager from 1982 to 1990. He became GM of the Atlanta Braves in October 1990 and kept the position until the end of the 2007 season, after he became team President. In 2016, having reached the age of 75, he was moved to Vice-Chairman of the team, a position created especially for him to allow him to remain involved in decision making without the day-to-day pressure of executive responsibility. Among the teams he has built are the 1985 Royals and 1995 Braves, both world champions. His teams have also won their division 15 times.

Schuerholz is a graduate of Towson University. His generosity to the university has been rewarded with his name on the athletic complex.

Son, Jonathan Schuerholz played in the minors for the Braves from 2002-2007 topping out with the AAA Richmond Braves.

In 2006 Schuerholz wrote Built to Win: Inside Stories and Leadership Strategies from Baseball's Winningest GM. In 2016, he was placed on the Veterans Committee ballot for the Hall of Fame, open to players and executives from "Today's Game" era. On December 4th, he was elected, alongside former Commissioner Bud Selig.

Preceded by
Joe Burke
Kansas City Royals General Manager
Succeeded by
Herk Robinson
Preceded by
Bobby Cox
Atlanta Braves General Manager
Succeeded by
Frank Wren

Record as a General Manager[edit]

Draft Picks[edit]

1st Round - Royals

Other Notable Selections - Royals

1st Round - Braves

Other Notable Selections - Braves

Significant Trades[edit]



Significant Signings[edit]



Further Reading[edit]

  • Mark Bowman: "Schuerholz embraces new vice chairman role: Baseball lifer will remain involved in Braves' organizational decisions",, March 31, 2016. [1]
  • Mark Bowman: "Schuerholz unanimously elected to Baseball Hall of Fame: Longtime exec orchestrated dominant Braves era of the '90s-00s",, December 5, 2016. [2]
  • Bob Nightengale: "'Truly honored' Bud Selig gets Hall of Fame call, along with John Schuerholz", USA Today Sports, December 5, 2016. [3]
  • Tracy Ringolsby: "Schuerholz a frontrunner for HOF enshrinement: Architect of World Series-winning Royals, Braves had tremendous influence",, November 28, 2016. [4]
  • Tracy Ringolsby: "Hall in Schuerholz's future, but also glimpse into his past: 2017 electee gets private tour, takes trip down memory lane",, January 27, 2017. [5]
  • John Schuerholz and Larry Guest: Built to Win: Inside Stories and Leadership Strategies from Baseball's Winningest GM, Warner Books, New York, NY, 2006. ISBN 978-0446578684

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