Lee Smith Speaker Profile
Pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles
Lee Smith Biography
Lee Smith was born December 4, 1957 and is a retiredAmerican right-handed baseball pitcher who played 18 years in Major LeagueBaseball (MLB) for eight teams. Pitching primarily for the Chicago Cubs, withwhom he spent his first eight seasons, Lee served mostly as a relief pitcherduring his career. One of the dominant closers in baseball history, Smith heldthe major league record for career saves from 1993 until 2006, when San DiegoPadres relief pitcher Trevor Hoffman passed his final total of 478.
A native of Jamestown in Bienville Parish in northLouisiana, Smith was scouted by Buck O'Neil and drafted by the Cubs in the 1975Major League Baseball Draft. Smith was an intimidating figure on the pitcher'smound at 6 feet, 6 inches (1.98 m) and 265 pounds (120 kg) with a 95 mile perhour (150 km/h) fastball. In 1991, Smith set a National League (NL) record with47 saves for the St. Louis Cardinals, and was runner-up for the league's CyYoung Award; it was the second of three times he led the NL in saves, and helater led the American League (AL) once while with the Baltimore Orioles in1994. He also set the major league career record for games finished (802), andhis 1,022 career games pitched were the third-most in history when he retired;he still holds the team records for career saves for the Cubs (180), and healso held the Cardinals record (160) until 2006.
Smith has been a candidate for induction into the BaseballHall of Fame nine times since 2003, but has generally received 37-47% of thenecessary votes on all total ballots cast by the Baseball Writers Associationof America, with 75% needed for election. After the end of his major leaguecareer, Smith spent time working as a pitching instructor at the minor-leaguelevel with the San Francisco Giants. He then served as the pitching coach forthe South Africa national baseball team in the 2006 World Baseball Classic and2009 World Baseball Classic. Lee currently continues his job as a minor-leagueroving pitching instructor for the Giants.
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7-Time All-Star Pitcher Lee Smith Delivers Keynote Speech at Eau Claire Baseball HOF Induction Ceremony
Posted on 30 January 2013 | 5:57 pm
Former MLB closer Lee Smith recalled his playing days at the Eau Claire Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Monday, January 28. Smith was the featured speaker at the ceremony held at Florian Gardens and also took time to visit the Hank Aaron statue outside of Carson Park. The 1994 AL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year is currently contributing to baseball as a minor-league roving...[Read More]
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