MLB Hall of Famer
Career Highlights: Recognized as one of major league baseball’s all-time greatest defensive players, Ozzie Smith was elected into the 2002 Baseball Hall of Fame. Nicknamed “The Wizard of Oz,” Smith was a 15-time All-Star and won 13 consecutive Gold Glove Awards as a shortstop. Over his 19-year career, he also posted impressive offensive statistics finishing with 2,460 hits and 580 stolen bases. 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 also hit the dramatic game-winning home run during Game 5 of the 1985 National League Championship Series and earned the 1985 NLCS MVP honors. 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. Smith’s 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.