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 and also umpired 4 National League games that year.
|New York Giants Manager
Year-By-Year Managerial Record
|1897||Paterson Silk Weavers||Atlantic League||6th||none||replaced Jim Gilman|
|1902||New York Giants||National League||5-27||--||New York Giants||replaced Horace Fogel (18-23) on June 12/ |
replaced by John McGraw on July 19
|1903||Rochester Bronchos||Eastern League||8th||none||replaced Arthur Irwin and Abbie Johnson|
|1904||Rochester Bronchos||Eastern League||28-105||8th||none|
|1907||Buffalo Bisons||Eastern League||--||none||replaced by Sport McAllister|
|1908||Buffalo Bisons||Eastern League||75-65||4th||none|
|1909||Buffalo Bisons||Eastern League||72-79||5th||none|
|1911||Troy Trojans||New York State League||74-66||3rd||none|
|1914||Erie Yankees||Canadian League||--||none||replaced by Frank Gygli|