Roy Smalley III

Roy Frederick Smalley III (born October 25, 1952) is a former professional baseball shortstop. From 1975 through 1987, Smalley played in Major League Baseball for the Texas Rangers (1975–76), Minnesota Twins (1976–82; 1985–87), New York Yankees (1982–84) and Chicago White Sox (1984). He was a switch-hitter and threw right-handed. His father, Roy Jr. was also a former major league shortstop, and his uncle, Gene Mauch was a long-time major league manager.

Roy Smalley
Roy Smalley Twins
Born: October 25, 1952 (age 66)
Los Angeles, California
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 30, 1975, for the Texas Rangers
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 1987, for the Minnesota Twins
MLB statistics
Batting average.257
Home runs163
Runs batted in694
Career highlights and awards

Amateur career

Drafted out of Westchester High School in Los Angeles in 1970 by the Montreal Expos,[1] Smalley played college baseball for one year at Los Angeles City College, then transferred to the University of Southern California.[2] He was part of the 1972 and 1973 College World Series championship teams under longtime head coach Rod Dedeaux. Smalley was named an All-American and received All-College World Series honors in 1973.

He was drafted four times by major league teams between 1970 and 1973 without signing. Smalley was selected by the Montreal Expos in the 35th round of the June 1970 draft, by the Boston Red Sox in the 4th round of the January 1971 draft, by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2nd round on the June 1971 draft, and again by the Red Sox in the 5th round of the January 1972 draft. Smalley was the number one overall pick in the January 1974 amateur draft by the Rangers. Following his junior year, he stayed out of school in the fall of 1973 to be eligible for the January free agent draft.[3]

Professional career


After signing in January, Smalley had wrist surgery in February, injured while playing semi-pro ball in December.[4] He was sent to the Pittsfield Rangers in the Double-A Eastern League where he held his own, hitting .251 with 14 home runs and 42 RBI as a 21-year-old straight out of college. Following a brief stint with the Triple-A Spokane Indians in the Pacific Coast League, Smalley was promoted to the big leagues for good, seeing time in 78 games for the Rangers in 1975, despite hitting only .228 with 3 home runs.[5] Smalley started the 1976 season back in Texas, but did not improve on his 1975 average. On June 1, his career would take a major corner.


Under the ownership tenure of Calvin Griffith, the Minnesota Twins made few headlines in the transaction department, but Smalley's arrival and departure from the Twins both involved blockbuster trades. On June 1, 1976, Smalley was traded to the Twins, along with Texas infielder Mike Cubbage, pitchers Jim Gideon and Bill Singer and cash, for Twins' ace Bert Blyleven and shortstop Danny Thompson, who was battling leukemia.[6] Smalley was inserted into the Twins' starting lineup and manned shortstop until 1982. During his first go around with the Twins, Smalley developed into an all-star.

Smalley's best season came in 1979, when he was voted the starting shortstop for the American League in the All-Star game. Smalley had a sensational first half of the season, entering the break with the second-highest batting average in the major leagues (.341). Though he tailed off in the second half, Smalley established career highs in runs, RBIs, and home runs, and was named the shortstop on The Sporting News AL All-Star team. He also led the league in games played, plate appearances, all fielders in assists, and all shortstops in putouts,[5] while hitting .271 and leading the team with 24 home runs and 95 RBI. He did not build on this season with the Twins, as injuries struck, and he played only 133 games in 1980 and 56 in 1981.

Yankees and White Sox

After showing that he'd recovered from his injuries, Smalley was traded in 1982 on April 10 to the Yankees for pitchers Ron Davis and Paul Boris and shortstop Greg Gagne. With the Yankees, Smalley showed a glimpse of the player he had been in 1979, hitting 20 home runs in 1982 and 18 in 1983. After a bad start to the 1984 season, in which he hit only .239 with 7 home runs and 26 RBI over the first 67 games of the season, Smalley was traded again, this time to the White Sox for middle reliever Kevin Hickey and future Pittsburgh Pirates Cy Young and 155-game winner Doug Drabek.[5]

Back to the Twins

Smalley was a member of Minnesota's 1987 World Championship team.

Career summary

In a 13-season career, Smalley posted a .257 batting average with 163 home runs and 694 RBI in 1653 games played.

Post-playing career

Smalley Broadcasting Home Opener
Smalley Broadcasting Home Opener
Smalley Mingling with fans
Smalley Mingling with fans
Smalley Fox Sports Analyst
Smalley Fox Sports Analyst

He was inducted in the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.[7] Smalley now works for Fox Sports North as an analyst during Minnesota Twins games. In 2010, Smalley opened a restaurant near the Twins new home park, Target Field, called Smalley's '87 Club, however it closed in February 2012.[8][9] Smalley serves as the President on the Board of Directors for the nonprofit organization Pitch in for Baseball.[10] He was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013.

See also


  1. ^ Roach, Ron (June 8, 1973). "Young Smalley hits long ball". Reading Eagle. Pennsylvania. Associated Press. p. 26.
  2. ^ "Roy Smalley appreciates all advantages he's had". Wilmington Morning Star. North Carolina. UPI. June 7, 1973. p. 4D.
  3. ^ Bock, Hal (January 10, 1974). "Smalley no. 1 pick in baseball draft". Nashua Telegraph. New Hampshire. Associated Press. p. 22.
  4. ^ "Rangers' top draft pick has surgery". Victoria Advocate. Texas. Associated Press. February 14, 1974. p. 2B.
  5. ^ a b c Roy Smalley at Baseball-Reference
  6. ^ John Kuenster (August 1979). "Roy Smalley Making His Mark as one of the Best All Around Shortstops". Baseball Digest. p. 17.
  7. ^ Sports Standouts, USC Trojan Family Magazine, Spring 2007, Accessed May 21, 2010.
  8. ^ Vomhof Jr, John (March 18, 2010). "Roy Smalley's Club 87 to replace Champps downtown".
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2012-03-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^

External links

Roy Smalley Championship Ring
Smalley's 1987 Championship Ring
Dick Bremer

Richard James Bremer (born March 1, 1956) is a sports broadcaster for Fox Sports North. He has been the lead television announcer for the Minnesota Twins since 1983. He has also called Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball and Minnesota Golden Gophers football and hockey. He previously called Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball and Minnesota North Stars games during his tenure. He partners up with, for home games, Bert Blyleven, and for road games, works with Jack Morris, Roy Smalley III, Torii Hunter, Michael Cuddyer, Justin Morneau, or LaTroy Hawkins for the Minnesota Twins television broadcasts.

Gene Mauch

Gene William Mauch (November 18, 1925 – August 8, 2005), was an American professional baseball player and manager, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a second baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1944, 1948), Pittsburgh Pirates (1947), Chicago Cubs (1948–1949), Boston Braves (1950–1951), St. Louis Cardinals (1952), and Boston Red Sox (1956–1957).

Mauch was best known for managing four teams from 1960 to 1987. He is by far the winningest manager to have never won a league pennant (breaking the record formerly held by Jimmy Dykes), three times coming within a single victory. Mauch managed the Philadelphia Phillies (1960–1968), Montreal Expos (1969–1975 — as their inaugural manager), Minnesota Twins (1976–1980), and California Angels (1981–1982, 1985–1987). His 1,902 career victories ranked 8th in MLB history, when he retired, and his 3,942 total games managed ranked 4th. Mauch gained a reputation for playing a distinctive "small ball" style, which emphasized defense, speed, and base-to-base tactics on offense, rather than power hitting.

List of Major League Baseball players (Sf–So)

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National College Baseball Hall of Fame

The National College Baseball Hall of Fame is an institution operated by the College Baseball Foundation serving as the central point for the study of the history of college baseball in the United States. In partnership with the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library located on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, the Hall of Fame inducts former collegiate players and coaches who have met selection criteria of distinction.

Pitch in for Baseball

Pitch in for Baseball (PIFB) is a non-profit, 501c3 charity which focuses on the collection and distribution of new and gently used baseball and softball equipment. The collected equipment is then given to youth leagues in underserved communities around the world. To date, much needed equipment and uniforms have been sent to over 80 countries worldwide and more than 450 communities around the United States. Since its inception in the summer of 2005, PIFB has helped leagues in the Dominican Republic, Poland, Haiti, Nicaragua, Ghana, Israel, the Ukraine, India, China and the hurricane affected Gulf Coast region of the United States.

Pittsfield Senators

The Pittsfield Senators were a minor league baseball team that played from 1970 to 1975 in the Washington Senators minor league system. In 1972 when the Senators moved to Texas and became the Texas Rangers, Pittsfield changed its name to the Pittsfield Rangers (1972 to 1975).

They were located in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, played in the Double-A Eastern League. Their home ballpark was Wahconah Park.

The Rangers moved their Double-A affiliate to San Antonio of the Texas League in 1976 and were immediately replaced in Pittsfield by the Milwaukee Brewers, who renamed the team the Berkshire Brewers.


Roy is a masculine given name and a family surname with varied origin. In Anglo-Norman England, the name derived from the Norman roy, meaning "king", while its Old French cognate, rey or roy (modern roi), likewise gave rise to Roy as a variant in the Francophone world. In India, Roy is a variant of the surname Rai, likewise meaning "king". It also arose independently in Scotland, an anglicisation from the Scottish Gaelic nickname ruadh, meaning "red".

Roy Smalley

Roy Smalley may refer to:

Roy Smalley, Jr. (1926–2011), American baseball player, father of Roy Smalley III

Roy Smalley III (born 1952), American baseball player, son of Roy Smalley, Jr.

Roy Smalley Jr.

Roy Frederick Smalley Jr. (June 9, 1926 – October 22, 2011) was a shortstop in Major League Baseball. From 1948 through 1958, Smalley played for the Chicago Cubs (1948–1953), Milwaukee Braves (1954) and Philadelphia Phillies (1955–1958). He batted and threw right-handed. In an 11-season career, Smalley was a .227 hitter with 61 home runs and 305 RBI in 872 games played. Smalley was the father of major league shortstop Roy Smalley III.

Smalley (surname)

Smalley is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Anthony A. Smalley, American Ensign

Beryl Smalley, historian

Bill Smalley, British footballer

Dave Smalley, musician

Dave Smalley (Cleveland), musician

David Allen Smalley, democrat

Denis Smalley, musician

Eugene Byron Smalley plant pathologist

Gary Smalley, counselor

Hal Smalley, politician

Kyle E. Smalley, astronomer

Phillips Smalley, film director

Richard Smalley, Nobel prize in chemistry 1996

Roger Smalley (1943–2015), musician

Roy Smalley, Jr., baseball player

Roy Smalley III, baseball player

Sherman E. Smalley (1866-1958), American politician and jurist

Stuart Smalley, fictional character

Timothy E. Smalley, philanthropist

Tom Smalley (1912–1984), England international footballer

Will Smalley, American baseball player

William A. Smalley (1923–1997), linguist

William E. Smalley, American bishop

Veteran players
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