MLB Hall of Famer
Career Highlights: Known as “The Wizard of Oz,” Ozzie Smith combined athletic ability with acrobatic skill to become one of baseball’s all-time greatest shortstops. A 15-time All-Star and 13-time Gold Glove honoree, Smith was elected into the 2002 National Baseball Hall of Fame. Over his 19-year career, he also posted impressive offensive statistics finishing with 2,460 hits and 580 stolen bases. Smith set the following major league records for his position: assists (8,375), double plays (1,590), total chance accepted (12,624), years with 500 or more assists (8), and years leading league in assists and chances accepted (8). Smith played with San Diego (1978-81) and St. Louis (1982-96) where he was a major contributor to the Cardinals 1982 World Series championship. Smith won the 1987 Silver Slugger Award when he had a .303 batting average, 43 stolen bases, 75 RBIs, 104 runs scored, and 40 doubles. His other notable honors include the 1989 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, 1994 Branch Rickey Award and 1995 Roberto Clemente Award. Smith, who was also named to The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, was inducted into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and has his #1 jersey retired by the team.