How much is Ozzie Smith worth?
|Net Worth:||$18 Million|
|Profession:||Professional Baseball Shortstop|
|Date of Birth:||December 26, 1954|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Ozzie Smith
- Born: Dec. 26, 1954
- Hometown: Mobile, Ala.
- Height: 5-11
- Weight: 150 pounds
- Bats: Switch-hitter
- Throws: Right
- Family: Wife, Denise (divorced); sons Nikko and Dustin; daughter Taryn
- Primary position: Shortstop
Before the bigs:
- Smith was born in Mobile, Ala., and his family moved to the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles when he was six years old.
- Played in college at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.
- In June 1976, while playing semi-pro ball in Iowa, Smith was selected in the seventh round of the amateur draft by the Detroit Tigers. Smith wanted a $10,000 signing bonus and the Tigers offered $8,500 so Smith returned to Cal Poly for his senior year.
- A year later, he was drafted in the fourth round by the San Diego Padres and agreed to a contract that included a $5,000 signing bonus. Smith made his major league debut on April 7, 1978 for the Padres.
- Perhaps the greatest defensive shortstop in history, Smith’s 19-year MLB career consisted of four seasons with the Padres and the final 15 years with the St. Louis Cardinals.
- He hit .258 with a .970 fielding percentage in his first season, placing second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting.
- He wasn’t considered a standout hitter, as he never led the National League in any hitting category in his 19 years, though he did have the most sacrifice hits twice in his first three years in the majors.
- Smith was a Gold Glove winner for 13 consecutive seasons from 1980 to 1992. He nearly matched that feat by being named to the NL All-Star squad in all but the 1980 season, and later adding 1994, 1995 and 1996 All-Star berths to his resume.
- He set major league records for career assists (8,375) and double plays (1,590), though the latter mark has since been broken by Omar Vizquel. Smith played more games (2,511) at shortstop than any other player in National League history.
- He totaled 2,460 hits and 580 stolen bases in his 19 years and won the NL Silver Slugger Award in 1987 as the best-hitting shortstop that season.
- Smith became a fan favorite, first in San Diego, and later in St. Louis. He became known for performing backflips on special occasions before taking his position at the beginning of a game.
- Smith encountered a conflict with Padres ownership, specifically general manager Jack McKeon, and was traded to the Cardinals for Garry Templeton in 1982 in an exchange of high-profiled shortstops.
- That first season he helped lead the Cardinals to a World Series championship. Three years later, the Cardinals made postseason play again with Smith being named NLCS MVP following his game-winning home run during Game 5 of the series, one of the most famous all-time.
- During the 1995 season, Smith had surgery on an injured shoulder and missed three months of the season. Smith retired at the end of the 1996 season.
- Smith closed out his career with such distinctions as having accumulated more than 27.5 million votes in All-Star Game balloting.
- Also holds the record for the most major league at-bats without hitting a grand slam.
- After he retired, Smith took over for Mel Allen as host of the television series, “This Week in Baseball.”
- He later served as color commentator for local television broadcasts of Cardinals games on KPLR-TV.
- In January 2002, Smith was selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot, earning 91.7 percent of the vote.
- In 1988, Smith opened “Ozzie’s” restaurant and sports bar, started a youth sports academy two years later and in 1999 became an investor in a grocery store chain.
- In 1999, Smith ranked No. 87 on The Sporting News list of the 100 greatest players.
- Smith made headlines in 2012 when he sold all of his Gold Gloves at an auction together for more than $500,000.
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