Red Smith (smithre04)
Marvin Harold Smith
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 7", Weight 165 lb.
- Debut April 14, 1925
- Final Game September 26, 1925
- Born July 17, 1900 in Ashley, IL USA
- Died February 19, 1961 in Los Angeles, CA USA
Red Smith was an infielder, principally a shortstop, seven years (1925-1931), all in the minors except for a cup of coffee in 1925. Red Smith was born on Tuesday, July 17, 1900, in Ashley, IL. Smith was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 14, 1925, with the Philadelphia Athletics. He played in 20 games and was 4 for 14 with a run and an RBI at (.286/.375/.286). He played his last game in MLB on September 26, 1925 at age 25 and returned to the minors with the Portland Beavers in the Pacific Coast League (1926), the Nashville Volunteers in the Southern Association (1926), Pittsfield in the Eastern League (1927), the Beaumont Exporters in the Texas League (1927), Omaha and Amarillo in the Western League (1927), the Wichita Larks in the Western League (1928), the Muskogee Chiefs in the Western Association (1929), Bisbee in the Arizona State League (1930), the Vicksburg Hill Billies in the Cotton States League (1930) and the El Dorado Lions in the Cotton States League (1931), ending his baseball playing career at age 31.
He then turned to scouting. Smith was a veteran of both World Wars I and II(BN). He was a PVT (26TH TECHNICAL SCH SQ AC USA) in the U.S. Army in World War II (VA/CM). He died at age 68 at a VA Hospital in Los Angeles CA from heart disease on February 19, 1961 and is buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery (section Q, site 311), Point Loma, California.
VA Hospital and National Cemetery Records
Smith, Marvin Harold, b. 07/17/1899, d. 02/19/1961, PVT 26TH TECHNICAL SCH SQ AC USA, Plot: Q 311, bur. 02/27/1961, * SMITH, MARVIN HAROLD PVT US ARMY WORLD WAR II DATE OF BIRTH: 07/17/1899 DATE OF DEATH: 02/19/1961 BURIED AT: SECTION Q SITE 311 FT. ROSECRANS NATIONAL CEMETERY P.O. BOX 6237 SAN DIEGO, CA 92166 (619) 553-2084
Principal sources for Red Smith (smithre04) include newspaper obituaries (OB), government Veteran records (VA,CM,CW), Stars & Stripes (S&S), Sporting Life (SL), The Sporting News (TSN), The Sports Encyclopedia:Baseball 2006 by David Neft & Richard Cohen (N&C), old Who's Who in Baseballs (none) (WW), old Baseball Registers (none) (BR) , old Daguerreotypes by TSN (none) (DAG), Stars&Stripes (S&S), The Baseball Necrology by Bill Lee (BN), Pat Doyle's Professional Ballplayer DataBase (PD), The Baseball Library (BL), Baseball in World War II Europe by Gary Bedingfield (GB) ; The Pacific Coast League: A Statistical History, 1903-1957 by Dennis Snelling; The Texas League in Baseball, 1888-1958 by Marshall D. Wright; The Southern Association in Baseball, 1885-1961 by Marshall D. Wright; and independent research by Walter Kephart (WK) and Frank Russo (FR) and others.