George Henry Smith
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 9½", Weight 160 lb.
- Debut September 1, 1897
- Final Game August 16, 1903
- Born October 24, 1871 in Pittsburgh, PA USA
- Died June 25, 1939 in Buffalo, NY USA
Heinie Smith crossed paths with a couple of baseball's most famous names. He originally came up with the Louisville Colonels in 1897 as a second baseman. Another rookie on the team who also played second in nine games (although he mostly played outfield) was Honus Wagner.
Smith played a bit in the majors for a few years but did not become a regular until 1902, a year he also managed the New York Giants for 32 games right before the Giants hired John McGraw, who would manage the team for 30 years.
Heinie had pitched a couple of games in 1901, but when he managed himself in 1902, he assigned himself to play only second base.
He also played for Rochester in 1901.
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