Lonnie Smith

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Lonnie Smith

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Biographical Information[edit]

It seems that Lonnie Smith always found a way to get on a World Series team; he is still the only man to play in the World Series for four different teams - the Philadelphia Phillies (in 1980), the St. Louis Cardinals (in 1982), the Kansas City Royals (in 1985) and the Atlanta Braves (in 1991 and 1992).

A below-average defensive outfielder, he had an excellent on-base percentage in an era when such a trait was not always appreciated. He was troubled by drug use during his early career, and had injury issues in the later half of his career, yet managed to attain a very respectable .792 lifetime OPS (higher than contemporary Hall of Famers Cal Ripken and Ozzie Smith, and only 4 points below that of Ryne Sandberg). His base-running miscue in the 1991 World Series may have cost the Atlanta Braves the World Series. Smith was one of the fastest players of his time and once stole five bases in one game on September 4, 1982.

Notable Achievements[edit]

Further Reading[edit]

  • Lonnie Smith (as told to George Vass): "The Game I'll Never Forget", Baseball Digest, November 1989, pp. 31-32. [1]

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