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Ozzie Smith
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Baseball Player
    (December 26, 1954- )
    Birth name is Osborne Earl Smith
    Nickname is 'The Wizard of Oz'
    Hall of Famer for the San Diego Padres (1978-81) and the St Louis Cardinals (1982-96)
    Major League record for assists (621) by a shortstop in a season (1980)
    13 Golden Gloves (1980-92)
    15 time All Star (1981-92, 94-96)
    NL leader in fielding average for shortstops 8 times (1981-82, 1984-87, 1991, 1994)
    NLCS Most Valuable Player (1985)
    NL record fewest errors in a season (8) by a shortstop (1991)
    580 stolen bases (20th on all time list)
    He sometimes took his position by doing a back flip (some athletes can flip from a standing position, he needed a running start) for no other reason than to hotdog/showboat.
    His hitting was mediocre at best (.262 lifetime batting average), and those that like the long ball will yawn at his 28 career home runs.
    When Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa informed him he wouldn't be the starting shortstop after the 1996 season, rather than try to hook up with another team, he quit (retired).
    After Mel Allen died, he briefly (1997-98) took over hosting TV's 'This Week In Baseball,' but it didn't work out and he was fired.
    He is widely considered the greatest defensive player of all time at his position.
    He was jobbed out of the 1987 MVP Award. After posting a .303 batting average, 43 stolen bases, 75 RBIs and 104 runs scored, plus helping the Cardinals get into the playoffs, he came in second to Andre Dawson for the last place Chicago Cubs.
    After the season, he was awarded the highest contract in the National League (at the time) for one year; $2,340,000 (1988).
    He won the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award (1989), the Branch Rickey Award (1994) and the Roberto Clemente Award (1995).
    He played himself on the baseball episode of 'The Simpsons' (February 20, 1992).
    He received an astounding 433 first place votes on 472 ballots (91.74%) to easily make the Hall of Fame his first year of eligibility (the 37th major leaguer to do so).
    His son Nikko Smith made it to the Final 12 of American Idol 4. (2005)
    He owns his own restaurant/sports bar in the St. Louis area.

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