Years Inducted: 1997
Teams: St. Louis Cardinals
Born: December 26, 1954
Ozzie Smith, known in baseball as “The Wizard”, has emerged as the best defensive shortstop of all time. His nickname describes his style of play. He has performed magic with his glove and played baseball with amazing acrobatic agility. He has broken countless records during his nineteen years in the major leagues, retiring at the end of the 1996 season.
He is the all time assist leader at shortstop with 8,375 assists, has received 13 consecutive Gold Glove Awards at shortstop and has been selected for 10 consecutive years as the National League starting shortstop in the All Star Game.
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