Wednesday, July 15, 2009

St. Louis Cardinals: 1 Ozzie Smith

Retired Numbers: 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85

#1 Ozzie Smith(SS) San Diego( 1978-1981), St. Louis Cardinals( 1982-1996 )

Why is he great: Ozzie Smith cant be judged just by his stats but by his defensiveness and athleticism
Ozzie was above average for his hitting but defense is were he excelled. Not only did he score runs
he also stopped runs making him very valuable as a player. Its really hard to describe him with out
watching him play, but i know that if you'd watched him every day of the season you would know
how great he truly is.

Best Season: 1987 .303 BA(182 H) / .392 OBP/ 0 HR/ 75 RBI/ 89 BB/ 43 SB/ 40 2B

Carrer Stats: .262 AVG(2,460 H)/ 28 HR/ 793 RBI/ 580 SB

Records: 5th most steals in a carrer by a shortstop

Streaks: 13 straight Gold Gloves awarded

Greatest Moment: 1985 NLCS Game 5 Hits game-winning home run in the bottom of the 9th
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Top Card:1979 Topps Ozzie Smith

There are 2 versions of this card, a topps one & a O Pee Chee. The Topps one sells for about $2,000
or higher.