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Ozzie Smith

Ozzie Smith, baseball player, is a 13-time Gold Glove shortstop who was elected to the United States Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002. He is widely cited as the greatest defensive player of all time at his position.

Born: December 26, 1954, in Mobile, Alabama
Link to Ozzie Smith's page in the Baseball Hall of Fame website (http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/hofers_and_honorees/hofer_bios/Smith_Ozzie.htm)

Smith broke in with the San Diego Padres, and then was traded to the Saint Louis Cardinals in 1979. He would finish his career with the Cardinals.

A weak hitter early in his career, Smith improved at the plate through the years. His real asset was his glove.

Smith is only the 37th player of the 252 elected to the Hall to date to be so honored in his first year of eligibility.



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