The Hall of Famers

Osborne Earl Smith
Born:  December 26, 1954, Mobile, AL
Bats:  S  Throws:  R
Played for:  San Diego Padres (1978-1981), St. Louis Cardinals (1982-1996)
Elected to Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers:  2002
433  votes of 472  ballots cast   (91.74%)
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Biography

Known as “The Wizard of Oz,” Ozzie Smith combined athletic ability with acrobatic skill to become one of the game’s great defensive shortstops. In 19 seasons with the Padres and Cardinals, the 13-time Gold Glove Award winner set major league shortstop records for assists, double plays and total chances. He would develop into an offensive weapon, finishing with over 2,400 hits and 500 stolen bases. His ninth-inning home run won the fifth game of the 1985 National League Championship Series.

Quotes

“Ozzie Smith was a great shortstop. I saw him as a rookie in San Diego. I was always hoping they would hit the ball his way because I knew then that my trouble was over.”
—  Gaylord Perry

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Video Clips

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