Carl Reginald Smith
(born April 2, 1945) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder
, coach and front office executive. During a 17-year big league career (1966–1982), Smith appeared in 1,987 games, hit 314 home runs
.287. He was a switch-hitter
who threw right-handed. In his prime, he had one of the strongest throwing arms of any outfielder in the big leagues. Smith played at least 70 games in 13 different seasons, and in every one of those 13 seasons, his team had a winning record.
Smith grew up in Los Angeles, California
. He won the International League
batting title in 1966 with a .320 average while playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs
. He was called up to the major leagues late in that season and played for the Boston Red Sox
(-73), St. Louis Cardinals
(1974–76), Los Angeles Dodgers
(1976–81) and San Francisco Giants
(1982). Smith appeared in four World Series
, including during his rookie 1967 season
for the Red Sox, and three (1977
) for the Dodgers. He hit three home runs in the 1977 series.
In the 1978 season, Dodger pitcher Don Sutton
went public with comments that Smith was a more valuable player to the Dodgers than the more-celebrated Steve Garvey
. This led to an infamous clubhouse wrestling match between Sutton and Garvey.
In the season as a member of the Dodgers, Smith was taunted by Giants
fan Michael Dooley, who then threw a batting helmet at him. Smith then jumped into the stands at Candlestick Park
and started punching him. He... Read More