Two current MLB players were honored on Friday at the school where it all started for them. Former Calhoun High stars Charlie Culberson and Josh Smoker were recognized during halftime of the Calhoun-Sonoraville boys basketball game for their contributions to Calhoun as players several years ago and the impact they have made since then. Culberson, who plays for the Atlanta Braves, and Smoker, who plays for the Pittsburgh Pirates, were each given a framed Calhoun jersey from their time playing for coach Chip Henderson and the Jackets, and two oversized replicas of their Calhoun jerseys were presented and those will be placed on the outfield wall of the Calhoun High baseball field as a permanent reminder of their success.
“This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time,” said Henderson. “Once we got a chance to do it where everyone’s schedule lined up, we got it set up, and what a special night it was tonight. For Charlie and Josh to be back in front of the people from this community where they started was incredible. And I’m happy we were able to do it on a night we were playing another local team so the whole county could see them and be proud of what they have done. Charlie and Josh are two special players that don’t come along very often, and they are even better people. They are so generous and giving of their time, and recognizing them tonight was very well-deserved.”
In first photo, Culberson (left) and Smoker (right) are pictured with Henderson. The last two photos show Culberson and Smoker unveiling their replica jerseys that will hang on the outfield wall at Calhoun High’s baseball field. Henderson said that there are currently two upperclassmen wearing No. 6 and No. 17, but once those players graduate, both numbers will be permanently retired to honor Culberson and Smoker.