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Edward Mayo Smith (January 17, 1915 - November 24, 1977) was an American player, manager, and scout in Major League Baseball. January 17 is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1915 (MCMXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar). ... November 24 is the 328th day (329th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... New York Yankees manager Joe Torre returning to the dugout (September 2005). ... Professional sports scouts are trained talent evaluators who travel extensively for the purposes of watching athletes play their chosen sports and determining whether their set of skills and talents represent what is needed by the scouts organization. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Smith was born in New London, Missouri. A left-handed batter who threw right-handed, Smith was a career minor league outfielder who spent many seasons in the International League with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Buffalo Bisons. At age 30, he played his only season in the major leagues, hitting .212 with the 1945 Philadelphia Athletics. New London is a city located in Ralls County, Missouri. ... A Class A California League game in San Jose, California (1994) Minor baseball leagues are North American professional baseball leagues that compete at a level below that of Major League Baseball. ... Austin Kearns, an outfielder, catches a fly ball. ... The International League (IL) is a minor league baseball league which operates in the eastern United States and Canada. ... The Toronto Maple Leafs were a high-level minor league baseball club located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, that played from 1896 to 1967. ... The Buffalo Bisons (Pronounced BI-zons by locals) are a minor league baseball team based in Buffalo, New York. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1945 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9, 27, 34, 42, 43, (As) Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Ballpark McAfee Coliseum (1968–present) a. ...


When his playing days ended, Smith became a manager in the farm system of the New York Yankees in 1949. After rising to the AA Birmingham Barons of the Southern Association in 1954, Smith was named manager of the Philadelphia Phillies of the National League. The Phillies of the mid-1950s had become an aging collection of the 1950 league champion "Whiz Kids" and, despite the heroics of perennial 20-game winner Robin Roberts, had to struggle to finish at the .500 mark. Smith compiled a 264-281 record in 3½ seasons before his firing on July 22, 1958. The farm system is a slang term used in baseball to refer to the systematic control or ownership of minor league baseball clubs by major league teams, who move players from the lowest to the highest classification as they gain experience and enjoy success at each level. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... League Southern League Division South Division Year founded 1885 Major League affiliation Chicago White Sox Home ballpark Regions Park Previous home ballparks Rickwood Field City Hoover, Alabama Current uniform colors black, white, silver Previous uniform colors Logo design The wordmark Barons in black outlined in white and silver with the... The Southern Association was a higher-level minor league in American organized baseball from 1902 through 1961. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 14, 20, 32, 36, 42 Name Philadelphia Phillies (1883–present) Philadelphia Quakers (1882) (Commonly referred to as Blue Jays 1943-1945 despite formal name remaining Phillies) Ballpark Citizens Bank Park (2004–present) Veterans Stadium... The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1950 throughout the world. ... Robin Evan Roberts (born September 30, 1926 in Springfield, Illinois) is a former Major League Baseball starting pitcher who played with the Philadelphia Phillies (1948-61), Baltimore Orioles (1962-65), Houston Astros (1965-66) and Chicago Cubs (1966). ... July 22 is the 203rd day of the year (204th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the events of the year 1958 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ...


He returned to a National League dugout in 1959 at the helm of the Cincinnati Reds, but a poor start (35-45 and seventh place) cost him his job and Fred Hutchinson replaced him at the All-Star break. The following are the baseball events of the year 1959 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 5, 8, 10, 13, 18, 20, 24, 42 Name Cincinnati Reds (1958–present) Cincinnati Redlegs (1953-1958) Cincinnati Reds (1882-1953) Cincinnati Red Stockings (1876-1882) Ballpark Great American Ball Park (2003–present) Riverfront... Frederick Charles Hutchinson (August 12, 1919 – November 12, 1964) was an American pitcher and manager in Major League Baseball. ...


Smith then returned to the Yankees, serving as a "super scout" from 1960-66, until the Detroit Tigers called him back into harness, naming him their manager for 1967. He nearly won the American League pennant in his first year in Motown, losing out to the "Impossible Dream" Boston Red Sox on the last day of the season. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) Bennett Park (1894-1911) Major league titles World Series titles (4) 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 â€¢ 1935 AL Pennants (10) 2006 â€¢ 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 1940... The following are the baseball events of the year 1967 throughout the world. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds (1901-1911) Major league titles World Series titles (6) 2004...


In 1968, however, the Tigers took no chances: led by 31-game-winner Denny McLain, they won 103 games and won the pennant by a dozen games. They then came back from a three-games-to-one deficit to defeat the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals in the 1968 World Series, besting the mighty Bob Gibson in the deciding game. The following are the baseball events of the year 1968 throughout the world. ... Denny McLain, after having won his 30th game of the 1968 season, holds a baseball commemorating the accomplishment at Tiger Stadium; he would win 31 games that season. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ... The 1968 World Series featured the defending champion St. ... Pack Robert Bob Gibson (born November 9, 1935 in Omaha, Nebraska) is a former right-handed baseball pitcher for the St. ...


In the series, Smith made one of the boldest and most talked-about managerial moves in modern baseball history. In this period before the designated hitter, the Tigers had rotated four good hitting outfielders (Al Kaline, Willie Horton, Jim Northrup and Mickey Stanley) for the three positions. Regular shortstop Ray Oyler, always a light hitter, famously went "0 for August" (Oyler hit .135 for the season). Concerned about his team's offense, Smith inserted Stanley as the starting shortstop. Stanley played credibly in the Series, and although he made two of Detroit's 11 errors, neither of Stanley's led to runs. Ironically, he only hit .214 with no RBI for the Series. Meanwhile, the other three outfielders made solid contributions to the Tigers' dramatic victory. Stanley's seven games at shortstop were his 10th through 16th major league appearances at the position. Albert William Kaline (born December 19, 1934 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a former Major League Baseball player. ... Willie Watterson Horton (born October 18, 1942 in Arno, Virginia) is a former left fielder and designated hitter in Major League Baseball who played for the Detroit Tigers for the majority of his career. ... Jim Northrup (November 24, 1939), born James Thomas Northrup in Breckenridge, Michigan, is a former Major League Baseball center fielder/right fielder and left-handed batter who played for the Detroit Tigers (1964-1974), Montreal Expos (1974) and Baltimore Orioles (1974-75). ... Mitchell Jack Mickey Stanley (born July 20, 1942 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) was a baseball player for the Detroit Tigers from 1964-1978. ... Raymond Francis Oyler (August 4, 1938 - January 26, 1981) was a former baseball player who played for the Detroit Tigers for the majority of his career. ...


That season represented Smith's high-water mark as a manager. The Tigers fell to second place behind the dynastic Baltimore Orioles in 1969. Then, after a 79-83 season in 1970 - a season marked by the suspension of McLain amid gambling allegations - the genial Smith was replaced by volatile Billy Martin as Tiger manager. In all or parts of nine seasons as a manager, Smith compiled a record of 662-612 (.520). Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4, 5, 8, 20, 22, 33, 42 Name Baltimore Orioles (1954–present) St. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1969 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1970 throughout the world. ... Alfred Manuel Billy Martin, (May 16, 1928 – December 25, 1989), a former Major League Baseball player and manager, was manager of the New York Yankees five different times and won two league championships and one World Series as their manager. ...


He died in 1977 in Boynton Beach, Florida, where he had reportedly made many successful real estate investments. Boynton Beach is a city in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. ...


The best-known Tigers fan club was named the Mayo Smith Society in his memory by its members.


External links

  • Baseball-Reference.com - career managing record and playing statistics
  • Tiger blog - Mayo Smith's gamble
  • Mayo Smith Society
Preceded by
Terry Moore
Philadelphia Phillies Manager
1955-1958
Succeeded by
Eddie Sawyer
Preceded by
Jimmy Dykes
Cincinnati Reds Manager
1959
Succeeded by
Fred Hutchinson
Preceded by
Frank Skaff
Detroit Tigers Manager
1967–1970
Succeeded by
Billy Martin

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