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  • "Wonderful" Willie Smith dies, he was 66.

    Willie Smith died of an apparent heart attack at his home in Anniston, Alabama. He was 66.

    Willie Smith started his career in the Negro Leagues, and he broke into the Majors with the Tigers in 1963. Willie went on to play for the Angels, Indians, Cubs and Reds.

    Smith was a member of the Cubs organization from 1968-1970.

    Below is his player profile:
    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/play...hp?p=smithwi02

    My condolences to his family and friends.
    BELIEVE

  • #2
    Wow. It must have been rough for him coming from the Negros. Do you have any of his stats with the Negro League?
    "I don't like to sound egotistical, but every time I stepped up to the plate with a bat in my hands, I couldn't help but feel sorry for the pitcher."
    -Rogers Hornsby-

    "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring."
    -Rogers Hornsby-

    Just a note to all the active members of BBF, I consider all of you the smartest baseball people I have ever communicated with and love everyday I am on here. Thank you all!

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    • #3

      Wille was a GREAT Cub. I remember seeing him play for us in the late 60's. Who can ever forget the shot He hit to win the game? It is always sad to see old cubs go. My prayers go out to Willie's family.
      We won't be late in 2008:gt
      With a WORLD SERIES IN CHICAGO.

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      • #4
        only read about him, but its always sad in times like these.
        "I believe in the soul ... the small of a woman's back, the hanging curveball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter."

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        • #5
          RIP Willie Smith

          When I think of Willie Smith,the image that pops into my mind is is 1969 Opening Day PH Walk-off homer against Philadelphia.

          Click here for Willie Smith's career stats.

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