Reggie Smith Speaker Profile
Reggie Smith Biography
Reggie Smith was born April 2, 1945 and is a former MajorLeague Baseball outfielder, coach and front office executive. During a 17-yearbig league career (19661982), Smith appeared in 1,987 games, hit 314 home runsand 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 ofthose 13 seasons, his team had a winning record.
Smith grew up in Los Angeles, California. He won theInternational League batting title in 1966 with a .320 average while playingfor the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was called up to the major leagues late in thatseason and played for the Boston Red Sox (1966-73), St. Louis Cardinals(197476), Los Angeles Dodgers (197681) and San Francisco Giants (1982). Smithappeared in four World Series, including during his rookie 1967 season for theRed Sox, and three (1977, 1978 and 1981) for the Dodgers. He hit three homeruns in the 1977 series.
In the 1978 season, Dodger pitcher Don Sutton went publicwith comments that Smith was a more valuable player to the Dodgers than themore-celebrated Steve Garvey. This led to an infamous clubhouse wrestling matchbetween Sutton and Garvey.
In the 1981 season as a member of the Dodgers, Smith wastaunted 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. 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 retiringin 1984.
After his playing career ended, Smith rejoined the Dodgers,where he served as a coach under Tommy Lasorda, a minor league instructor and aplayer development official.
Smith became involved with USA Baseball in 1999 as hittingcoach on the 1999 Professional Team at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg,Canada (Silver, Olympic qualifiers). He also served as hitting coach for the2007 IBAF Baseball World Cup in Taiwan (Gold). Smith also served as hittingcoach for Team USA during the 2006 World Baseball Classic, and served ashitting coach for the Bronze medal winning USA Baseball Olympic team at the 2008Summer Olympics in Beijing.
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