Saturday, December 26, 2015

Card of the Day: 12/8/15

1957 Topps #111 Hal Smith

     Harold Raymond Smith was born in Barling, Arkansas on June 1, 1931. Hal played in the Major Leagues for seven seasons, 1956-1961 with the Cardinals and 1965 with the Pirates. In 1959, Hal was selected for the NL All-Star Team. One can only wonder how Smith made the squad, batting only .270 for the season and posting 50 RBI and 35 R. It isn't a case where he was the only selection from the Cardinals. Five teammates (Ken Boyer, Stan Musial, Joe Cunningham, Wilmer Mizell and Bill White) joined him in the All-Star Game festivities. It must have been a down year for catchers in the National League. Hal passed away on April 12, 2014 in Fort Smith, Arkansas at the age of 82.

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