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Encyclopedia > Ozzie Smith
Ozzie Smith
Shortstop
Born: December 26, 1954 (1954-12-26) (age 52)
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 7, 1978
for the San Diego Padres
Final game
October 17, 1996[1]
for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
Batting avg     .262
Hits     2460
Stolen bases     580
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Member of the National
Baseball Hall of Fame
Elected     2002
Vote     91.7% (first ballot)

Osborne Earl "Ozzie" Smith (born December 26, 1954, in Mobile, Alabama) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop who was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002. Nicknamed "The Wizard of Oz", he is widely cited as one of the greatest defensive players of all time, having won 13 consecutive Gold Glove Awards during his career. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 360th day of the year (361st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1978 throughout the world. ... 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Contents

Before the Big Leagues

As he relates in his 1988 book Wizard, Ozzie's parents moved him, his four brothers and sister from Mobile to the Watts section of South Central Los Angeles when he was six. His parents encouraged him to play baseball from a young age, and when he wasn't down the at local YMCA or playing ball of some kind, Ozzie sometimes went with friends to the neighborhood lumberyard, springboarding off inner tubes and doing flips into sawdust piles. This turned out to be a fun precursor to his famous backflips during his playing days. However, reality hit home during the summer of 1965, as the 10-year old Smith and his family found themselves in the middle of the Watts riots. As a passage from Wizard describes, Watts is a residential district in southern Los Angeles, California. ... South Los Angeles South Los Angeles is the official name for a large geographic and cultural area lying to the southwest and southeast of downtown Los Angeles, California. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... The term Watts Riots refers to a large-scale riot which lasted six days in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, in August 1965. ...


"We were right in the middle of the Watts riots. The National Guard set up its camp right across the street from our house. I don't know how many people have ever seen the National Guard break in somewhere, but they mean business. We had to sleep on the floor because of all the sniping and looting going on."[2]
The United States National Guard is a reserve forces component of the United States Army (the Army National Guard) and the United States Air Force (the Air National Guard). ...


Despite some adverse surroundings, Ozzie's passion for athletics continued to grow. Growing up as a LA Dodgers fan, he would ride the bus for nearly an hour to get to Dodger Stadium, attending about 25 games a year. His interest in baseball only grew, and he went on to play baseball and basketball at Locke High School, where he counted Marques Johnson as a teammate on the basketball squad, and Hall of Famer Eddie Murray as a teammate on the baseball side. Smith later received a partial academic scholarship to Cal-Poly, where he walked onto the baseball team. Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1913) Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899... Dodger Stadium is a large outdoor baseball stadium in Los Angeles, California at Chávez Ravine. ... Alain Leroy Locke High School is a Title 1 co-educational public high school located in Los Angeles, California, United States, and is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. ... Marques Kevin Johnson (born February 6, 1956 in Nachitoches, Louisiana) is a former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association, playing for the Milwaukee Bucks (1977-84), Los Angeles Clippers (1984-87), and Golden State Warriors (1989-90). ... Eddie Clarence Murray (born February 24, 1956 in Los Angeles, California) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman who was known as one of the most reliable and productive hitters of his era, earning the nickname Steady Eddie. Murray is regarded as one of the best switch hitters ever... This article is about the university in San Luis Obispo, California. ...


Career

Ozzie was first selected in the seventh round of the 1976 amateur entry draft by the Detroit Tigers. However, Smith and the Tigers were unable to agree on contract parameters, and the Tigers were more comfortable with the plate presence of Alan Trammell. Ozzie went back into the draft pool the following season, and was selected in the fourth round by the San Diego Padres. Smith subsequently spent his entire first year of professional baseball in 1977 with the now defunct Walla Walla Padres of the Northwest League. Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The First-Year Player Draft is Major League Baseballs primary mechanism for assigning amateur baseball players, from high schools, colleges, and other amateur baseball clubs, to its teams. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 5, 6, 16, 23, 42 Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Other nicknames The Bless You Boys Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) Briggs Stadium (1938-1960) Navin Field (1912-1938) Bennett... Alan Stuart Trammell (born February 21, 1958 in Garden Grove, California) was an American baseball shortstop of the Detroit Tigers from 1977 to 1996. ... Major league affiliations National League (1969–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 6, 19, 31, 35, 42 Name San Diego Padres (1969–present) Other nicknames The Pads, The Friars, The Fathers, The Dads Ballpark PETCO Park (2004–present) Qualcomm Stadium (1969-2003) a. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... The Northwest League is a class A minor league. ...


The Padre Years

Ozzie received an invitation to the San Diego Padres' spring training camp in Yuma, Arizona as a non-roster player in 1978. Smith credits Padre manager Alvin Dark for instilling confidence in him, and Dark even went as far as telling reporters the shortstop job was Ozzie's until he proved he couldn't handle it[3]. But in a sign of things to come during his time with the Padres, Dark was fired in the middle of training camp. Nevertheless, Ozzie made his MLB debut on April 7, 1978[4]. Yuma is a city in and the county seatGR6 of Yuma County, Arizona, United States. ... Alvin Ralph Dark (born January 7, 1922 in Comanche, Oklahoma), nicknamed Blackie and The Swamp Fox, is a former shortstop and manager in Major League Baseball. ... April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1978 throughout the world. ...


It didn't take long for Smith to make a name for himself in the big leagues, making what some consider his greatest defensive play only ten games into his rookie season. The Padres played host to the Atlanta Braves on April 20, 1978, and with two out in the top of the fourth inning, Atlanta's Jeff Burroughs hit a grounder up the middle[5]. As Smith describes the play in his own words: Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 21, 35, 41, 42, 44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston... is the 110th day of the year (111th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Jeffrey Alan (Jeff) Burroughs (born March 7, 1951 in Long Beach, California) is a former player in Major League Baseball. ...


"He (Burroughs) hit a ball back up the middle that everybody thought was going into center field. I instinctively broke to my left and dove behind second. As I was in the air, the ball took a bad hop and caromed behind me, but I was able to catch it with my bare hand. I hit the ground, bounced back up, and threw Burroughs out at first[6]."


Despite his profound defensive abilities, Ozzie's hitting was still very much a work-in-progress, punctuated by an 0 for 32 start to the 1979 season[7]. Adding to this was the friction that soon developed between Padre ownership and Ozzie and his agent at the time, Ed Gottlieb. As an example, the parties got into a contract dispute before the 1980 season, and when negotiations lasted into spring training, the Padres opted to renew Smith's contact at his 1979 salary level of $72,500[8]. Angered by the Padres' attitude during those contract talks, Gottlieb took out a help-wanted ad in the San Diego Union, part of which read, "Padre baseball player wants part time employment to supplement income[9]." When the wife of the club's owner publicly offered Smith a job as an assistant to the gardener on her estate, it became clear Ozzie's days with the Padres were numbered[10]. The following are the baseball events of the year 1979 throughout the world. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... The San Diego Union-Tribune is a daily newspaper published in San Diego, California by the Copley Press. ...


Aside from the turmoil, Ozzie was increasingly recognized for his outstanding on the field. He began his sting of 13 consecutive Gold Glove awards by winning the honor in 1980, then found himself as a reserve in the 1981 All-Star Game soon after. Date August 9, 1981 Venue Cleveland Stadium City Cleveland, Ohio Managers National League - Dallas Green (PHI) American League - Jim Frey (KC) MVP Gary Carter (MON) Television NBC, Joe Garagiola Attendance 72,086 First pitch Unknown The 1981 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 52th playing of the midsummer...


The Trade

While Ozzie was having problems with the Padre ownership, the St. Louis Cardinals also found themselves unhappy with their shortstop. On "Ladies Day" at Busch Stadium in 1981, Garry Templeton made obscene gestures at the home crowd before being pulled off the field by his manager, Whitey Herzog[11]. Herzog, given the task of overhauling the Cardinals by owner Gussie Busch, was looking to trade Templeton when he was approached by Padre GM Jack McKeon at the 1981 baseball winter meetings. McKeon offered to trade Ozzie, and Herzog, surprised at the offer, reminded McKeon of what he said the last time Herzog inquired about Smith, saying "you said he was untouchable[12]." But with the Padres' distaste for Smith's agent Gottlieb boiling, McKeon was now eager to deal. 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. ... Busch Memorial Stadium, or Busch Stadium was the home of the St. ... Garry Lewis Templeton (born March 24, 1956 in Lockney, Texas) was a Major League Baseball player for the St. ... Whitey Herzog (born November 9, 1931) is a former major league baseball player and manager. ... August Adolphus Gussie Busch, Jr. ... John Aloysius McKeon (born November 23, 1930 in South Amboy, New Jersey), nicknamed Trader Jack, was a manager in Major League Baseball for the Florida Marlins. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ...


With little haste, McKeon and Herzog put together a six-player trade, with Templeton for Smith as the centerpiece. While the deal was struck, the Padres had failed to bring Herzog's attention to a no-trade clause that had been included in Ozzie's 1981 contract. Upon learning of the trade, Ozzie's initial reaction was to invoke the clause and stay in San Diego, but was still interested to hear what the Cardinals had to say[13]. While the deal for the other players beside Templeton and Smith went through, Herzog flew to San Diego to personally meet with Ozzie and Gottlieb over the Christmas holidays. Ozzie describes how the meeting went: Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ...


"Whitey told me that with me playing shortstop for the Cardinals, we could win the pennant. He made me feel wanted, which was a feeling I was quickly losing from the Padres. The mere fact that Whitey would come all the way out there to talk to us was more than enough to convince me that St. Louis was the place I wanted to be[14]."


After some more behind-the-scenes wrangling, Ozzie Smith became a St. Louis Cardinal on February 11, 1982[15]. is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ...


The Cardinal Years

1982 marked the dawn of a new era for both Smith and the Cardinals. Herzog's newly assembled team roared off to a fast start with a 12-game win streak early in the season, and didn't relinquish first place the rest of year[16]. So extraordinary was the style of play under Herzog's direction that it was soon termed "Whiteyball." No one exemplified this style of baseball more than Ozzie. With excellent speed on the basepaths, his Gold Glove worthy defense, and focusing on hitting line drives and ground balls at the plate, it's no wonder Ozzie fit perfectly into Herzog's team and strategy. In fact, Herzog later claimed that at his peak Smith saved 75 runs per year with his glove[17]. The following are the baseball events of the year 1982 throughout the world. ... Whiteyball is a style of playing baseball that was developed by former MLB manager Whitey Herzog. ...


Ozzie got his first taste of postseason action when the Cards took on the Atlanta Braves in the best-of-five 1982 NLCS. Making the most of the opportunity, Smith drove in the series' first run by hitting a sac fly that scored Willie McGee in Game 1[18]. From there the Cards swept the series. Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 21, 35, 41, 42, 44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston... The 1982 National League Championship Series was played between the St. ... Willie Dean McGee (born November 2, 1958 in San Francisco, California) is a former outfielder for the St. ...


Just as Whitey had predicted when he told Ozzie the Cards would win the pennant with him on the team, Ozzie found himself as the Cards' starting shortstop in the 1982 World Series. The 1982 World Series matched the St. ...


The team reached the World Series again in 1985, thanks in large part to Smith's game-winning home run in the NLCS against Tom Niedenfuer of the Los Angeles Dodgers, made all the more remarkable because it was the first left-handed homer of his career. This homer was made famous for its radio call by broadcaster Jack Buck: "Smith corks one into right, down the line! It may go! [home run lands] Go crazy folks, go crazy!" They went on to lose the World Series to the Kansas City Royals in seven games. This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 7 - Outfielder Lou Brock and knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... The 1985 National League Championship series was played between the St. ... Tom Niedenfuer (born August 13, 1959 in St. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1913) Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899... John Francis Jack Buck (August 21, 1924 – June 18, 2002), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, was an American sportscaster, best known for his work announcing Major League Baseball games of the St. ... The 1985 World Series, popularly known as the Show-Me Series and the I-70 showdown Series, pitted the National League champion St. ... Major league affiliations American League (1969–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 10, 20, 42 Name Kansas City Royals (1969–present) Other nicknames The Boys in Blue Ballpark Kauffman Stadium (1973–present) a. ...


Smith's greatest season came in 1987, when he had a .303 batting average, 43 stolen bases, 75 RBIs, 104 runs scored, and 40 doubles. He mostly batted second in the lineup; his plate discipline allowed him to post a career high on-base percentage of .392. This performance lifted the Cards into the playoffs, before ultimately falling short in Game 7 of the 1987 World Series. Smith ended up second in the MVP balloting to Andre Dawson, who had played on the last-placed Chicago Cubs, largely because he and teammate Jack Clark split the first-place vote. Following the 1987 season, Ozzie was awarded the largest contract in the National League at $2,340,000.[19] This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 14 - Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... Bengie Molina of the Anaheim Angels (in gray and red) scores a run by touching home plate after rounding all the bases. ... In baseball statistics, on base percentage (OBP) (sometimes referred to as on base average (OBA)) is a measure of how often a batter gets to first base for any reason other than a fielding error or a fielders choice. ... The 1987 National League Championship Series took place between October 6 and October 14 at Busch Stadium (Games 1, 2, 6, 7) and Candlestick Park (3, 4, 5). ... 1987 World Series Logo The 1987 World Series was played from October 17 to October 25, 1987 between the Minnesota Twins and the St. ... In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... Andre Nolan Dawson (born July 10, 1954, Miami, Florida) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ... Jack Anthony Clark (born November 10, 1955 in New Brighton, Pennsylvania), also known as “Jack the Ripper”, is a former Major League Baseball player. ... For other uses, see National League (disambiguation). ... “USD” redirects here. ...


Smith is remembered for his acrobatics in the field as a versatile shortstop and for the ritual backflip he performed before opening days, All-Star Games, and postseason games. Though he dropped this routine late in his career, he reprised it for "Ozzie Day" on September 28, 1996, when the Cardinals honored his impending retirement with a ceremony before the game against the Cincinnati Reds. is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... 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) Other nicknames The Redlegs, The Big Red Machine...


Smith holds the record for the most assists by a major league shortstop with 621. He also holds the record for the most at-bats without hitting a grand slam.


As a testament to his national visibility during his playing days, Smith even appeared in an 1992 episode of The Simpsons titled "Homer at the Bat". Simpsons redirects here. ... Homer at the Bat is the seventeenth episode of The Simpsons third season. ...


Post-baseball

Ozzie Smith's number 1 was retired by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1996
Ozzie Smith's number 1 was retired by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1996

Upon retirement, Smith took over for Mel Allen as the host of the long-running TV series This Week in Baseball in 1997[20]. Plus, Smith still was receiving accolades even after his playing days. For instance, in 1999 he ranked Number 87 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. Then in 2003 he was given the additional honor of induction into the St. Louis Walk of Fame[21]. Image File history File links CardsRetired1. ... Image File history File links CardsRetired1. ... 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. ... Mel Allen (1955) Mel Allen (February 14, 1913 – June 16, 1996) was an American sportscaster, best known for his long tenure as the primary play-by-play announcer for the New York Yankees. ... This Week in Baseball is a weekly television program, originally designed to show highlights of the previous weeks Major League Baseball action. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1999 throughout the world. ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ... In 1999, MasterCard sponsored the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The St. ...


Of course, no post-career honor could top Smith's call to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002, becoming a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer, named on 433 of the 472 ballots cast.[22][23] The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related...


Sadly, Smith has refused to associate himself with the Cardinals in any official capacity since retirement, although he continues to make public appearances embracing the franchise. Smith has stated that he will not work with the organization as long as the current management is in charge. Smith has said he is still upset at current Cardinal manager Tony La Russa for making newly acquired Royce Clayton the starting shortstop in 1996, despite a superior offensive performance by Smith in spring training. The Cardinals had traded for Clayton during the previous offseason as a precautionary move in case Smith did not fully recover from an earlier injury. Smith's playing time shrank under La Russa's management despite his continuing to outhit Clayton throughout the 1996 regular season, and he retired at season's end. [24] Tony La Russa after the 2006 World Series Anthony La Russa, Jr. ... Royce Spencer Clayton (born January 2, 1970 in Burbank, California) is a journeyman major leauge shortstop. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1996 throughout the world. ...


More recently, Ozzie had the chance to cheer on his son Nikko as he cracked the top ten finalists of the 2005 edition of American Idol[25]. Image:NikkoSmith. ... AMERICAN IDOL HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO DEATH OF SIMON ...


See also

Below is the list of Major League Baseball players who have reached the 2,000 hit milestone. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with List of Major League Baseball all-time leaders in doubles. ... Below is the list of 295 Major League Baseball players who have reached the 1,000 Runs milestone. ... Below is the list of 36 Major League Baseball players who have reached the 500 stolen base milestone. ... Below is the list of 65 Major League Baseball players who have reached the 400 stolen base milestone. ...

References

  1. ^ "Atlanta Braves 15, St. Louis Cardinals 0." Retrosheet.org. Retrieved 25 Sept 2007.
  2. ^ Smith, Ozzie with Rob Rains. Wizard. Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1988. Page 4.
  3. ^ Smith, Ozzie with Rob Rains. Wizard. Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1988. Page 17.
  4. ^ "San Deigo Padres 3, San Francisco Giants 2." Retrosheet.org. Retrieved 27 Sept 2007.
  5. ^ "San Diego Padres 2, Atlanta Braves 0." Retrosheet Retrieved 10 Oct 2007.
  6. ^ Smith, Ozzie with Rob Rains. Wizard. Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1988. Page 21.
  7. ^ Smith, Ozzie with Rob Rains. Wizard. Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1988. Page 31.
  8. ^ Smith, Ozzie with Rob Rains. Wizard. Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1988. Pages 33-34.
  9. ^ Smith, Ozzie with Rob Rains. Wizard. Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1988. Page 35.
  10. ^ Smith, Ozzie with Rob Rains. Wizard. Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1988. Pages 35-36.
  11. ^ Herzog, Whitey and Kevin Horrigan. White Rat - A Life in Baseball. New York: Harper & Row, 1987. Pages 135-136.
  12. ^ Herzog, Whitey and Kevin Horrigan. White Rat - A Life in Baseball. New York: Harper & Row, 1987. Page 137.
  13. ^ Smith, Ozzie with Rob Rains. Wizard. Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1988. Page 51.
  14. ^ Smith, Ozzie with Rob Rains. Wizard. Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1988. Page 52.
  15. ^ Smith, Ozzie with Rob Rains. Wizard. Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1988. Page 57.
  16. ^ Smith, Ozzie with Rob Rains. Wizard. Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1988. Page 63.
  17. ^ "The Ballplayers - Ozzie Smith." BaseballLibrary.com. Retrieved 15 Oct 2007.
  18. ^ "St. Louis Cardinals 7, Atlanta Braves 0." Retrosheet.org. Retrieved 15 Oct 2007.
  19. ^ 1988 National League Leader Boards
  20. ^ "Ozzie Smith Gets Job in Television." NYTimes.com 15 Jan 1997.
  21. ^ "Ozzie Smith." St Louis Walk of Fame. http://www.stlouiswalkoffame.org/inductees/ozzie-smith.html
  22. ^ Bodley, Hal. "Ozzie Smith voted into Hall of Fame." USA Today. 9 Jan 2002.
  23. ^ "Hall of Famer detail." National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/hofers/detail.jsp?playerId=122439
  24. ^ "Ten years later, Ozzie Smith, La Russa still feuding." ESPN.com 22 May 2006. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2453573
  25. ^ Johnson, Kevin C. "American Idol's Screaming Section." TVGuide.com 23 March 2005. http://www.tvguide.com/News-Views/Interviews-Features/Article/default.aspx?posting=%7BB64DD3F6-704F-4095-8DE8-092D3EA0EDD5%7D

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