Reggie Smith

Carl Reginald Smith (born April 2, 1945) is an American former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as an outfielder and afterwards served as a coach and front office executive. He also played in the Nippon Professional Baseball league for two seasons at the end of his playing career. During a seventeen-year major league career (1966–1982), Smith appeared in 1,987 games, hit 314 home runs and batted .287. He was a switch-hitter who threw right-handed. In his prime, he had one of the strongest throwing arms of any outfielder in the big leagues. Smith played at least 70 games in 13 different seasons, and in every one of those 13 seasons, his team had a winning record.

Reggie Smith
Reggie Smith 1969
Smith in 1969
Right fielder / Center fielder
Born: April 2, 1945 (age 74)
Shreveport, Louisiana
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 18, 1966, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 1982, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
Batting average.287
Hits2,020
Home runs314
Runs batted in1,092
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Playing career

Smith grew up in Los Angeles. He won the International League batting title in 1966 with a .320 average while playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was called up to the major leagues late in that season and played for the Boston Red Sox (1966–73), St. Louis Cardinals (1974–76), Los Angeles Dodgers (1976–81) and San Francisco Giants (1982). Smith appeared in four World Series, including during his rookie 1967 season for the Red Sox, and three (1977, 1978 and 1981) for the Dodgers. He hit three home runs in the 1977 series.

In the 1978 season, Dodger pitcher Don Sutton went public with comments that Smith was a more valuable player to the Dodgers than the more-celebrated Steve Garvey. This led to an infamous clubhouse wrestling match between Sutton and Garvey.

In the 1981 season as a member of the Dodgers, Smith was taunted by Giants fan Michael Dooley, who then threw a batting helmet at him. Smith then jumped into the stands at Candlestick Park and started punching him. He was ejected from the game, and Dooley was arrested.[1] Five months later, Smith joined the Giants as a free agent. He spent one season in San Francisco, then moved on to Japan with the Yomiuri Giants for two seasons before retiring in 1984.

Career statistics

In 1987 games over 17 seasons, Smith posted a .287 batting average (2020-for-7033) with 2,020 hits, 1,123 runs, 363 doubles, 57 triples, 314 home runs, 1,092 RBI, 137 stolen bases, 890 base on balls, 1,030 strikeouts, a .366 on-base percentage, and a .489 slugging percentage. He recorded a career .978 fielding percentage. In four World Series and four playoff series covering 32 games, he hit .234 (25-for-107) with 17 runs, 6 home runs, and 17 RBI.

Coaching career

After his playing career ended, Smith rejoined the Dodgers, where he served as a coach under Tommy Lasorda, a minor league instructor and a player development official.

Smith became involved with USA Baseball in 1999 as hitting coach on the 1999 Professional Team at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada (Silver, Olympic qualifiers). Smith again served as USA hitting coach in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia where the US Team took home Gold. He also served as hitting coach for the 2007IBAF Baseball World Cup in Taiwan (Gold). Smith also served as hitting coach for Team USA during the 2006 World Baseball Classic, and served as hitting coach for the Bronze medal winning USA Baseball Olympic team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[2]

Smith runs a baseball academy in Encino, California, where he trains youth players, including Austin Wilson.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ Jeff Merron. "Players vs. Fans". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-01-02.
  2. ^ "2008 USA Baseball Olympic Team". Retrieved 2008-08-12.
  3. ^ "Stanford baseball's Austin Wilson's big potential". SFGate. 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2013-05-17.

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Preceded by
Ben Hines
Los Angeles Dodgers Hitting Coach
1994–1998
Succeeded by
Rick Down
1967 World Series

The 1967 World Series matched the St. Louis Cardinals against the Boston Red Sox in a rematch of the 1946 World Series, with the Cardinals winning in seven games for their second championship in four years and their eighth overall. The Series was played from October 4 to 12 in Fenway Park and Busch Memorial Stadium.

1968 Boston Red Sox season

The 1968 Boston Red Sox season was the 68th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished fourth in the American League (AL) with a record of 86 wins and 76 losses, 17 games behind the AL and World Series champion Detroit Tigers.

1974 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1974 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 45th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 23, 1974, at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League. The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 7–2.

This marked the third time the Pirates had been host for the All-Star Game (the first two having been in 1944 and the first game in 1959). This would be the first of two times that the game would be played at Three Rivers Stadium, with the stadium hosting again in 1994.

1977 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 1977 Los Angeles Dodgers season saw Tommy Lasorda in his first full season at the helm of the Dodgers, replacing longtime manager Walter Alston as Manager of the team near the end of the previous season. The Dodgers won the National League West by 10 games and defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in four games in the NLCS, then lost to the New York Yankees in the World Series. This edition of the Dodgers featured the first quartet of teammates that hit 30 or more home runs: Steve Garvey with 33, Reggie Smith with 32, and Dusty Baker and Ron Cey, who both hit 30. The Dodgers duplicated this feat again 20 years later in 1997.

1977 World Series

The 1977 World Series was the 74th edition of Major League Baseball's (MLB) championship series. The best-of-seven playoff was contested between the New York Yankees, champions of the American League (AL) and defending American League champions, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, champions of the National League (NL). The Yankees defeated the Dodgers, four games to two, to win the franchise's 21st World Series championship, their first since 1962, and the first under the ownership of George Steinbrenner. The Series was played between October 11 and 18, broadcast on ABC.

During this Series, Reggie Jackson earned his nickname "Mr. October" for his heroics. Billy Martin won what would be his only World Series title as a manager after guiding the Yankees to a second straight pennant.

1978 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 1978 season ended with the Los Angeles Dodgers winning their second straight National League pennant and losing to the New York Yankees in the World Series again. Dodger coach Jim Gilliam died at the end of the season and his uniform number, 19, was retired by the team prior to Game 1 of the World Series; the team also wore a black memorial patch with Gilliam's number during the World Series. Unlike the previous Dodger team, no member of the team hit 30 home runs after seeing four members hit that mark the previous season (the team leader was Reggie Smith, with 29).

1978 World Series

The 1978 World Series matched the defending champions New York Yankees against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a rematch of the previous year's World Series, with the Yankees winning in six games, just like the previous year, to repeat as champions. As of 2018, it remains the most recent World Series to feature a rematch of the previous season's matchup.1978 was the first of ten consecutive years that saw ten different teams win the World Series. The Los Angeles Dodgers would break the string with a World Series win in 1988 (as they won in the 1981 World Series).

This Series had two memorable confrontations between Dodger rookie pitcher Bob Welch and the Yankees' Reggie Jackson. In Game 2, Welch struck Jackson out in the top of the ninth with two outs and the tying and go-ahead runs on base to end the game. Jackson would avenge the strikeout, when in Game 4 he singled off Welch which moved Roy White to second, from which White would score the game winning run on a Lou Piniella single to tie the series at 2-2. In Game 6, Jackson smashed a two-run homer off Welch in the seventh to increase the Yankees' lead to 7–2 and put a final "exclamation point" on the Yankees' victory to win the series.

1990 Arena Football League season

The 1990 Arena Football League season was the fourth season of the Arena Football League (AFL). The league champions were the Detroit Drive, who defeated the Dallas Texans in ArenaBowl IV.

Gaither Vocal Band

The Gaither Vocal Band is an American southern gospel vocal group, named after its founder and leader Bill Gaither. On March 1, 2017, it was announced that the Gaither Vocal Band lineup consisted of Reggie Smith, Wes Hampton, Adam Crabb, Todd Suttles, and Bill Gaither. Although the group started out recording contemporary Christian music in the 1980s, it became known for southern gospel after the popularity of the Gaither Homecoming videos.The lineup of the band changes often, with artists leaving to work on solo careers, and new and old ones coming to replace them. Besides Bill Gaither, singers with the longest tenure in the band include Guy Penrod (1995–2008), Mark Lowry (1988–2002, 2009–13), Michael English (1985–94, 2009–13), David Phelps (1997–2005, 2009–17) and Wes Hampton (2005–present).

The band has released 29 albums (not including compilations), at least 19 of which have charted. The band has also released 10 DVDs, which feature many other Christian artists as well. The Gaither Vocal Band has been honored with two Grammys and 17 Dove Awards.

Hell's Kitchen (Andre Nickatina album)

Hell's Kitchen is the ninth album by rapper, Andre Nickatina. It was released on January 15, 2002 for Million Dollar Dream and was produced by Andre Nickatina, Nick Peace, Juilan Piccolo, Smoov-E, Reggie Smith and Black Diamond. Hell's Kitchen was a compilation album and featured a large amount of talent including Mac Dre, San Quinn, Saafir and Nickatina's IMP bandmate, Cougnut.

I Hate You with a Passion

I Hate You with a Passion is the second album by rapper Dre Dog (currently known as Andre Nickatina). It was released on April 19, 1995 for In-a-Minute Records and was produced by Dre Dog, T.C., Mark 5, The Enhancer, Reggie Smith, Race and Rob V. One single was also released entitled "Situation Critical". This album was also Nickatina's last album billed as Dre Dog.

Indiana Firebirds

The Indiana Firebirds were a team in the Arena Football League. The team was based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Home games were played at the Conseco Fieldhouse, also the home of the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association and Indiana Fever of the Women's National Basketball Association.

List of Los Angeles Dodgers coaches

The following is a list of coaches, including position, year(s) of service(s), who appeared at least in one game for the Los Angeles Dodgers National League franchise also known previously as the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Pittsfield Red Sox

The Pittsfield Red Sox was the name of an American minor league baseball franchise based in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, from 1965 through 1969. It was the Double-A Eastern League affiliate in the Boston Red Sox farm system and produced future Major League Baseball players such as George Scott, Sparky Lyle, Reggie Smith and Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk. The team played at Wahconah Park.

Reading Red Sox

The Reading Red Sox are a defunct minor league baseball affiliate of the Boston Red Sox baseball franchise.

The ball club was based in Reading, Pennsylvania, and played in the Class A New York–Pennsylvania League (1933–34) and its successor league, the Double-A Eastern League (1963–64). During the latter period, the manager was Eddie Popowski and the team featured such star players as veteran former Red Sox slugger Dick Gernert, a Reading native, and prospects Mike Andrews, Joe Foy, Tony Horton, Mike Ryan, Rico Petrocelli and Reggie Smith. [1]

In 1965, Boston moved its AA affiliate to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and the Cleveland Indians re-established a farm club in Reading, where the Indians had a successful affiliate from 1950–61. Since 1967, the Philadelphia Phillies have based their Double-A affiliate in the city; it led the Eastern League in attendance in 2006.

Reggie Smith (basketball)

Reginald D. Smith (born August 21, 1970) is an American former professional basketball player who played in the NBA for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Reggie Smith (defensive back)

Reginald Smith, Jr. (born September 3, 1986) is a former American football safety. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oklahoma.

Reggie Smith (wide receiver)

Reggie "Super Gnat" Smith (born July 15, 1966) is a former Arena football wide receiver/defensive back in the Arena Football League (AFL). He played college football at North Carolina Central University.

In 2002, Smith was elected into the Arena Football Hall of Fame.

Reginald Smith

Reginald, Reg or Reggie Smith may refer to:

Reggie L. Smith (born 1962), American football player

Hooley Smith (1903–1963), Canadian ice hockey player

Reggie Smith (born 1945), American baseball player and coach

Reggie Smith (defensive back) (born 1986), American football defensive back

Reggie Smith (wide receiver) (born 1956), American football wide receiver

Reggie Smith (basketball) (born 1970), American basketball player

Reg Smith (1912–2004), English footballer and manager

Reg Smith (footballer, born 1903) (1903 – after 1932), born Redvers Smith, English football full back with Brighton & Hove Albion

Reg Smith (footballer, born 1916) (1916–?), English football forward with Bristol City, Wolves, Tranmere

Reg Smith (Australian footballer) (1902–1963), Australian rules footballer with Fitzroy

R. D. Smith (Reggie Smith, 1914–1985), lecturer and radio producer

Reginald Smith (cricketer) (1868–1943), English cricketer

Reginald Allender Smith (1873–1940), Keeper of British and Medieval Antiquities at the British Museum 1927-1938

Reginald Arthur Smith, author of Toward A Living Encyclopedia: A Contribution to Mr Wells's New Encyclopedism

Reginald A. Smith (born 1928), Canadian political candidate

Marty Wilde (Reginald Leonard Smith, born 1939), English singer and songwriter

Reginald Smith Jr. - Black Guy.

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