Lonnie Smith

Lonnie Smith

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Lonnie Smith (born December 22, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. He made his debut for the Philadelphia Phillies on September 2, 1978 and later played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Baltimore Orioles. He overcame bouts with drug abuse to become one of the top base-stealer in baseball during the decade of the 1980s. He played on five pennant-winning teams, three of which won the World Series.

Philadelphia Phillies

After brief trials with the Phillies in 1978 and 1979, Smith broke into the team's lineup in , batting .339 in 100 games. The Phillies won the National League pennant and defeated the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. Smith's performance was strong enough for him to finish third in the Rookie of the Year balloting following the season. He continued to play well in the strike-shortened season, hitting .324.

St. Louis Cardinals

He was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in November 1981. Smith continued to hit well in , and to have a good on-base percentage. In fact, 1982 was a high-water year for Smith in several different ways:Smith was in the MLB All-Star Game for the only time in his career in 1982. He had a batting average of .307, and on-base percentage of .381.He led the National League with 120 runs scored, which was the only time that he scored 100+ runs in a season during his baseball career.Smith also set...
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