LONNIE "SKATES" SMITH - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED - HFSID 284467
LONNIE SMITH Signed cover commemorating Game Four of the 1991 World Series, showing Smith slamming into Brian Harper in a close play at the plate Commemorative Envelope signed: "Lonnie Smith", 6½x3¾.
Sale Price $63.00
LONNIE SMITH Signed cover commemorating Game Four of the 1991 World Series, showing Smith slamming into Brian Harper in a close play at the plate Commemorative Envelope signed: "Lonnie Smith", 6½x3¾. Special Cover marking Game Four of the 1991 World Series, with color cachet featuring Smith, postmarked Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia, October 23, 1991 (the date and place of the game), 29-cent US flags stamp affixed. In this "Cinderella Series," the Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves - both last place finishers in 1990 - contended to become the first team to go from last place to World Champion in 1 season. Minnesota prevailed. Left fielder Lonnie Smith spent 17 years in the Major Leagues (1978-1994). Surprisingly, in an era of free agents, Smith remains the only player to appear in a World Series for 4 different teams (Philadelphia, 1980; St Louis, 1982; Kansas City, 1985; and Atlanta (1992-1992). Despite drug problems and frequent injuries, Smith was an All-Star in 1982, when he led the NL in runs scored and was second in MVP voting; and had the highest on base percentage in 1989, when he was voted Comeback Player of the Year. Smith was always very good at getting on base, and frequently stole second once he did. Smith, who was out on the play shown on this cachet, was the goat of Game Seven, hesitating on the base paths instead of scoring what would have been the winning run. Smith purchased a pistol in 1987 with the intention of murdering Royals general manager John Schuerholz, whom he blamed for maligning him to other general managers. He decided not to go through with the crime, and Schuerholz, after becoming general manager of the Braves, reacquired Lonne Smith. Fine condition. Previously authenticated by JSA.
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