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Reggie Smith Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

REGGIE SMITH
Born: April 2, 1945 in Shreveport, Louisiana
Player Career
Bat: Both Throw: Right Height: 6' 0" Weight: 180
First Game: September 18, 1966 ; Final Game: October 3, 1982
Awards and Achievements
Named outfielder on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1970)
Won AL Gold Glove as outfielder (1968)
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Reggie Smith
This article was written by Jeff Angus and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research
Reggie Smith was a rookie in 1967 when the Boston Red Sox came back from a ninth-place finish to craft an extraordinary pennant-winning season. The All-Star caliber major league career he completed in 1982 was a great success that has been muddied by other people's expectations (too high) and Smith's media profile (too low).

Smith batted with power and average from both sides of the plate, was a fine center fielder, had superior base-running speed, and had a legendary throwing arm that may have been the best of his era. In the argot of the game, he was a "five-tool player." He took a scientific, analytical approach to the game. His teammates describe him as a man who relentlessly learned to do new things and who strived to be great at everything he did. And the discerning Dick Williams, who managed him in Boston, places Smith on his All-Dick Williams team, a team that includes players from 22 years of helmsmanship and five first-place teams, two of which won World Series.

According to pitcher John Curtis, a teammate of Smith's on both the Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals, "I will always remember Reg as one of the most complete players I ever saw. ...I know he labored under the weight of everyone's expectations. In Boston, the sportswriters would wonder aloud why Reg wasn't playing up to his demonstrated abilities. ... He once told me that the worst word in the English language was 'potential.'"1 At the same time, Smith was little-known because another outfielder named Reggie with a Hall of Fame career and a gregarious, exhibitionist personality overshadowed the more businesslike Smith in the eyes of national media. Curtis pitched against both and said, "On the basis of talent, I'd take Smith over Jackson any day. I played with both of them, and I wouldn't hesitate to take Smith's overall game over Jackson's showmanship."

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