He made his debut for the Philadelphia Phillies on September 2, and later played for the St. He overcame bouts with drug abuse to become one of the top base-stealers in baseball during the s, with the seventh-most steals. The following year, he led For The Love Of It - Lonnie Smith - Lonnie Smith league with hits, For The Love Of It - Lonnie Smith - Lonnie Smith , and 56 stolen bases while playing for Spartanburg. Inhe led the league with 66 stolen bases while playing for Oklahoma City and scored runs the following year again with Oklahoma City.
After brief trials with the Phillies in andSmith broke into the team's lineup inbatting. Smith's performance was strong enough for him to finish third in the Rookie of the Year balloting following the season. He continued to play well in the strike-shortened season, hitting. Smith was traded to the St. He had a batting average of. Smith also set career highs in with at-bats, hits, 35 doublesand total bases during the regular season. He also ranked second in the National league with a career-high 68 stolen bases on the basepaths, but he was also caught stealing a career-high 26 times.
The Cardinals' manager, Whitey Herzoghad ordered his fastest players to attempt to steal bases whenever possible as part of his strategy for winning. All of the above pushed Smith all the way up to second place in voting for the regular-season National League Most Valuable Player for Smith batted a healthy.
Towards the end of his first season with the Cardinals, Smith infamously attacked the Phillie Phanatic. Despite his speed, Smith was known for occasionally tripping and falling whilst running. He attributed this to being "pigeon-toed" as a child. During a series between the Cardinals and the Phillies in Septemberthe Phillie Phanatic began mimicking Smith at close range before the game, doing belly-whops on the turf. Tired of the mocking, Smith tackled the Phanatic, reportedly injuring the mascots ankles.
Rather than seeking shelter, Smith turned around, threw up his arms, Sometime To Return - Soul Asylum - Black Gold The Best Of taunted them, daring them to hit him, which none did.
Smith continued to play well duringbatting. However, this baseball season was struck with his first bout with illicit drug abuse, which sidelined him for a month at mid-season during a highly publicized rehabilitation stint at the Hyland Center in St. Smith returned to the Cardinals after his time on the bench inand he remained with them through the end of the baseball season. Smith was traded to the Royals in exchange for outfielder John Morris on May 17, Smith's past met his present following the regular season, when he hit.
When Smith took the field in Game 1 of the World Serieshe became the first player in MLB history to play in the World Series against a team that traded him away within the same season. This has since Nanci Griffith - Late Night Grande Hotel happened to Arthur Rhodes who was traded by the Rangers to the Cardinals in Jennie, Jennie - Lars Berghagen - Min Värld I Toner, and Bengie Molina who was traded by the Giants to the For The Love Of It - Lonnie Smith - Lonnie Smith inand who met in the World Series.
Smith testified in the so-called Pittsburgh drug trials of September He, like the other major league players, was granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony. All the suspended players were allowed to continue playing under the condition that they donated ten percent of their base salaries to drug-related community service, submitted to random drug testing, and contributed hours of drug-related community service.
Smith went on to have his best season in three years inbut saw his playing time reduced during the season. In JulySmith told the Kansas City Times that under his agreement with the commissioner of baseballhe was supposed to be tested six to eight times per-year but had not been tested so far during More so, he strongly disagreed with Commissioner Ueberroth that professional baseball was free from illicit drugs.
Following the season, Smith had trouble finding a new team to play with, and he came to think that then-Royals general manager John Schuerholz had blackballed him from the other baseball teams because of involvement in the cocaine scandal two years earlier  By his own account, Smith was depressed and also addicted to cocaine when he considered murdering Schuerholz, and even purchased In The Heat Of The Night - Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra And Chorus - Hang Em High pistol for that purpose.
Smith had second thoughts about committing such a serious crime, however, and he dropped the idea entirely. During March ofthen-Atlanta Braves general manager Bobby Cox who would be succeeded by Schuerholz during Smith's time in Atlanta offered Smith a contract to play there.
During Spring training, he made it to the team's man roster, but he batted just. However, inhe cracked the starting line-up for the Braves' outfield, and he went on to accomplish one of his best baseball seasons ever. During that season, Smith had a batting average of. Smith also led the National League with a. Smith finished 11th in the voting of N.
Smith continued to be a regular outfielder for the Braves during the next two seasons, batting. Smith's play in helped the Braves improve from their National League West last-place finish in to winning the National League pennant inresulting in a World Series appearance for the first time sincewhen the Braves were based in Milwaukee.
Smith committed a base-running blunder very late in Game 7 of the World Series versus the Minnesota Twins. Smith was on first base with no outs in the eighth inning of this scoreless 0—0 game. Then the Braves' batter A New Tomorrow - Various - Compil 001 Pendleton struck a line-drive double to left field.
It appeared that Smith should have been able to score on this hit, but as he was rounding second base he paused, then having to stop at third base. Smith later stated that he had lost sight of the baseball against the ceiling of the Minnesota Metrodome stadiumthough replays For The Love Of It - Lonnie Smith - Lonnie Smith the TV coverage of the game showed that the Twins' second baseman Chuck Knoblauch and shortstop Greg Gagne had potentially deceived Smith; Knoblauch pretended to throw to Gagne for a force, but didn't actually have the ball.
Regardless of the cause, Smith only advanced to third base. After a ground-out the runners could not advance and an intentional walk which loaded the basesSmith was forced out at home plate in a double play, leaving the Braves scoreless. The score remained 0—0 through the end of the ninth inning. The Twins went on to score one run in the bottom The Lone Ranger - Bill Cosby - The Best Of Bill Cosby the tenth inning, taking the gameand winning the World Series four games to three.
Lonnie did hit 3 home runs in the Series. Smith remained with the Braves through the end of the baseball season, and he helped the Braves win the National League pennant once again, though they lost the World Series four games to two against the Toronto Blue Jays. Smith hit a grand slam in game five of that series. Next, Smith departed from the Braves, and he signed up with the Pittsburgh Pirateswhere he played one season, and then one more with the Baltimore Orioleswhere he played mostly as just a pinch-hitter.
Smith played in his final Major League Baseball game on August 10,in the Orioles' last game before that year's strike. He was given free agency for the last time the following October In games over 17 seasons, Smith compiled a. His career fielding percentage was. In five World Series and six playoff series, Smith hit. Baseball historian Bill James wrote about Lonnie Smith's difficulties playing defense. He wryly stated that Smith should have had a post-retirement career teaching so-called "defensive recovery and cost containment" since he had excelled at recovering from defensive difficulties in the outfield.
After retiring from pro baseball, Smith married once more, and he and his wife returned to Atlanta to reside. They became the parents of three children. Smith very briefly re-entered national attention inwhen he told a newspaper from Columbia, South Carolinaabout his notion to murder Schuerholz eighteen years earlier. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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