The Wizard Of Oz- Ozzie Smith -Baseball Hall Of Famer 58 Today

26 Dec

Ozzie Smith the spectacular defensive shortstop and Baseball Hall of Famer turns 58 today. Ozzie started his career as a very light hitting defensive wizard for the San Diego Padres. He played with the Padres from 1978-81. After the 1981 season he was traded to the St.Louis Cardinals for Garry Templeton another shortstop. At the time of the trade it was looked at as Cardinal manager Whitey Herzog dumping a problem player and getting the best deal he could. It appeared to be a one sided trade. Templeton may have been the most talented shortstop of the late 70′s -early 80′s. A shortstop who was also an outstanding hitter, which wasn’t that common back then. Templeton though had issues. Like when he was booed by the Cardinal fans coming off the field and he gave them the bird. He also had off-the field issues. Whitey wasn’t one to put up with crap so he traded him off to the Padres. After that point Ozzie became a better hitter and a key member of the 1980′s St.Louis Cardinals. Templeton would never be the player he was in the first few years of his career when he looked like a future Hall of Famer. Smith would play for the Cardinals from 1982 until his retirement at age 41 in 1996.

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