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The Ozzie flip! (18KB)

"The Wizard" is considered by most to be one of the greatest shortstops to play the game.  When he first started playing "you could knock the bat out of his hands with a good fastball," but as he matured as a player he became a very potent offensive threat as well.       

The Ozzie dive! (8KB)

 

"What I did, I did every day.  Anyone can make a great play every now and then on any given day.   But what I did, I did everyday."  -- Ozzie

"I may not drive in 100 runs each year, but I can prevent 100 runs from scoring against us." -- Ozzie

audio.gif (176 bytes)Click to hear Jack Buck's famous call of Ozzie's 1985 playoff HR!!!

Top three "Ozzie" defensive moments:

1.  4/20/78 vs. Atlanta, 4th inning, 2 out -- Jeff Burroughs hits a ground ball up the middle.  As Ozzie dives to his left, the ball caroms into the air.  Ozzie reaches high, grabs the ball barehanded and throws Burroughs out at first. (see video below)

2.  8/4/86 vs. Pittsburgh, 9th inning, 1 out -- Von Hayes hits a shallow fly to left field.  Outfielder Curt Ford dives headfirst toward the infield while Ozzie dives head long toward the outfield and makes a basket catch in midair.

3.  8/6/86 vs. Philadelphia, 3rd inning, 1 out, 1 on --  With Ronn Reynolds running from second on the play, Gary Redus hits an infield single to deep short.  Instead of throwing to first, Ozzie throws behind Reynolds, who is tagged out after rounding third base.

 

 

The Sporting News has ranked Ozzie number 87 in their list of the top 100 greatest players of all time!!!!

 

       

 

Sports Ilustrated - 9/28/1987 -- Ozzie Smith   Ozzie Smith Day 9-28-1996 - St. Louis Cardinals (SGA)

Sports Illustrated - Ozzie Smith   Sports Illustrated - Ozzie Smith

Beckett Baseball Card Monthy - Ozzie Smith - November 1996 - Issue #140    Beckett Baseball Card Monthy - Ozzie Smith - November 1996 - Issue #140

The Sporting News - Ozzie Smith

Click to read full article! Next Year

 

 

Franchise Rank

Career Highlights

 

 

 

   1982 Cardinals Salute Their Teamate - Ozzie Smith - 9-27-1996

 

MLB Videos

- Cardinals Retire #1

- Ozzie talks about his HOF induction

- Ozzie talks about being traded to the Cardinals

- HOF Bio

- Ozzie, a look back

- 2011 Opening day!

- #1 Defensive play of all time!

- Ozzie on MLB Tonight

 

Career Stats:

Yr Team Avg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
1978 SD .258 159 590 69 152 17 6 1 46 47 43 40 .311 .312
1979 SD .211 156 587 77 124 18 6 0 27 37 37 28 .260 .262
1980 SD .230 158 609 67 140 18 5 0 35 71 49 57 .313 .276
1981 SD .222 110 450 53 100 11 2 0 21 41 37 22 .294 .256
1982 STL .248 140 488 58 121 24 1 2 43 68 32 25 .339 .314
1983 STL .243 159 552 69 134 30 6 3 50 64 36 34 .321 .335
1984 STL .257 124 412 53 106 20 5 1 44 56 17 35 .347 .337
1985 STL .276 158 537 70 148 22 3 6 54 56 27 31 .355 .361
1986 STL .280 153 514 67 144 19 4 0 54 79 27 31 .376 .333
1987 STL .303 158 600 104 182 40 4 0 75 89 36 43 .392 .383
1988 STL .270 153 575 80 155 27 1 3 51 74 43 57 .350 .336
1989 STL .273 155 593 82 162 30 8 2 50 55 37 29 .335 .361
1990 STL .254 143 512 61 130 21 1 1 50 61 33 32 .330 .305
1991 STL .285 150 550 96 157 30 3 3 50 83 36 35 .380 .367
1992 STL .295 132 518 73 153 20 2 0 31 59 34 43 .367 .342
1993 STL .288 141 545 75 157 22 6 1 53 43 18 21 .337 .356
1994 STL .262 98 381 51 100 18 3 3 30 38 26 6 .326 .349
1995 STL .199 44 156 16 31 5 1 0 11 17 12 4 .282 .244
1996 STL .282 82 227 36 64 10 2 2 18 25 9 7 .358 .370
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19yrs. .262 2573 9396 1257 2460 402 69 28 793 1072 589 580 .339 .328

 

The Last Flip at the Baseball Hall of Fame!  

          

 

       

 

 

 

They said it... Fun facts:

Ozzie played himself in an episode of the The Simpsons. ("Homer at the Bat", Season 3, Episode 17)

Dan Schatzeder is the only pitcher that Ozzie has hit multiple HRs off of.   Ozzie also holds a .406 batting average against Schatzeder as well.

 

 

 

Ozzie links:

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Ozzie Photo Gallery

MLB Hall of Fame

Ozzie Smith Sports Academy

        Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

        St. Louis Walk of Fame

Baseball Library

The Baseball Page

Ozzie visits the Little League WS

Baseball Reference

Baseball Almanac

 

St. Louis Cardinals Gameday Magazine - 1996 #7    St. Louis Cardinals Gameday Magazine - 1996 #5

St. Louis Cardinals Gameday Magazine - 1994 #4    St. Louis Cardinals Gameday Magazine - 1993 #3

 

2002 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony - Ozzie Smith   1992 St. Louis Man of the Year

Next Year Click to read full article! Next Year

 

 

 

Spring Training - 1993 -  Regular Season

 

       

#389 1989 Topps NL All-Star 1988 Stolen Base Leaders     #400 1988 Topps NL All-Star 1987 Stolen Base Leaders     #704 1986 Topps NL All-Star 1985 Stolen Base Leaders

#400 1990 Topps NL All-Star 1989 Triples Leaders     #278 1994 Upper Deck

    ATL-35 2006 Upper Deck All-Time Legends    #124 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heros

GG-OS 2001 Upper Deck Gold Glove    J-OS 2001 Upper Deck Legends     #155 1996 Upper Deck

#100 1995 Upper Deck SP    #817 2009 Upper Deck 20th Anniversary Retrospective    #20 1993 Topps Black Gold

#83 2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces    WI-7 1992 Upper Deck Iooss Collection

#78 2002 Upper Deck All-Time Classics    #79 1993 Upper Deck     #13 2006 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts

#217 1995 Topps Finest    #65 2003 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic    #86 2004 Upper Deck Legendary Cuts

        1992 McDonalds 100th Anniversary All-Time Team - #38

 

          CNNsi -- Ozzie's Inside Baseball column            

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1988 Topps Ozzie Smith folder  

 

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Thanks for the memories Ozzie!!!

Ozzie's farewell (29KB)

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Sources:

   -  Cardinals GameDay Magazine/September 1996

 

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