Mac Smith

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Raymond Charles Smith

  • Bats Right, Throws Right

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Biographical Information[edit]

Catcher Mac Smith played several seasons of minor league ball.

Smith played football in college. He hit .250/.329/.362 for the 1950 Hickory Rebels to begin his pro baseball career, fielding .972 at catcher. In '51, he batted .250 and slugged .344 for Hickory. He served two years in the Marines during the Korean War, earning two Purple Hearts, a Navy Cross and a President Citation. He played two games for Hickory in 1954 but spent most of the year with the Hagerstown Packets (.227/.314/.347 in 50 G). While playing for the Packets on July 2, 1954, he was playing third base. He drove in a run with a single but began feeling dizzy as he reached first, called time and then collapsed on the field. He died on the way to the hospital. Doctors concluded he had contracted malaria in Korea which led to his death.