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Ozzie Smith        

Former Major League Baseball Player; Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

Ozzie Smith is an American former baseball shortstop who played in Major League Baseball for the San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals from 1978 to 1996. Since retirement from baseball Ozzie succeeded Mel Allen as host of "This Week in Baseball," was the color analyst for Cardinal broadcasts in 1997-1999, and served as the baseball analyst for CNNSI, a joint venture between CNN and Sports Illustrated from 1999 to 2002.

Nicknamed "The Wizard" for his defensive brilliance, Smith set major league records for career assists (8,375) and double plays (1,590) by a shortstop (the latter since broken by Omar Vizquel), as well as the National League record with 2,511 career games at the position; Smith won the NL Gold Glove Award for play at shortstop for 13 consecutive seasons (1980–92). A 15-time All-Star, he accumulated 2,460 hits and 580 stolen bases during his career, and won the NL Silver Slugger Award as the best-hitting shortstop in 1987. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2002. He was also elected to the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 2014.

Drafted as an amateur player by the Padres, Smith made his major league debut in 1978. He quickly established himself as an outstanding fielder, and later became known for performing backflips on special occasions while taking his position at the beginning of a game. Smith won his first Gold Glove Award in 1980, and made his first All-Star Game appearance in 1981. He was traded to the Cardinals for shortstop Garry Templeton in 1982.

Upon joining the Cardinals, Smith helped the team win the 1982 World Series. Three years later, his game-winning home run during Game 5 of the 1985 National League Championship Series prompted broadcaster Jack Buck's "Go crazy, folks!" play-by-play call. Despite a rotator cuff injury during the 1985 season, Smith posted career highs in multiple offensive categories in 1987. Smith continued to earn Gold Gloves and All-Star appearances on an annual basis until 1993. During 1995 season, Smith had shoulder surgery and was out nearly three months. Smith retired after the 1996 season's end and his uniform number (No. 1) was subsequently retired by the Cardinals.

Off the field, Ozzie is a great ambassador to baseball. He was the 1995 recipient of the Roberto Clemente award, the humanitarian award of Major League Baseball, the 1994 recipient of the Branch Rickey Award, honoring Major League Baseball's outstanding individual who personifies "Service Above Self." In 1992 he was named the St. Louis Man of the Year, an award previously given only to business and civic leaders. In 1983 he was given the NAACP Image Award for Sportsmanship, Humanitarianism, and Community Activities and in 1986 was named to the Father of the Year Honors Group by the National Fathers Day Committee. His charitable endeavors almost always benefit children, whether it be instructing inner city children in baseball, serving as chairman for fund raisers at area Boys Clubs, visiting sick children at local hospitals, or hosting underprivileged children when they visit his restaurant and the ballpark.

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Ozzie Smith Sells Gold Gloves For $519,203

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — Ozzie Smith turned gold into cash. The Hall of Fame shortstop sold his 13 consecutive Gold Glove Awards from 1980-92 for ...

Hofer smith opens weekend with clinic

Smith, a 15-time All-Star and 13-time National League Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner, spent Friday morning at the 12th annual PLAY Ball with Ozzie Smith ...

Ozzie Smith Says He Coulda Been an Olympic Gymnast | TMZ.com

Ozzie Smith, the MLB's habitual flipper, says he could have been good enough to make the Olympic gymnastics team.

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Ozzie Smith baffled by current hitters' approach to shifts. February 24, 2016 11: 15pm EST February 24, 2016 11:15pm EST How tough can it be to hit the ball ...

Baseball Legend Ozzie Smith Teams Up with Skechers | Business ...

Skechers has teamed up with Major League Baseball (MLB) Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith for a new marketing campaign featuring the brand's Re.

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