Thursday, June 2, 2011

Debut #100 Bobby Gene Smith

Bobby Gene Smith
Positions: Outfielder and Pinch Hitter
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 180 lb.
Born: May 28, 1934 in Hood River, OR
MLB Debut: April 16, 1957 St Louis Cardinals
Final MLB Game: July 17, 1965 California Angels
Years with the Angels: 1965

Before 1965 Season: Signed as a Free Agent with the California Angels.

Started the game in left field but had no chances. As the second batter in the bottom of the first Smith hit a single off of Gary Peters advancing Jose Cardinal to second (Peters was replaced in the first after allowing 5 runs without getting an out). Smith ended the day 2 for 4 with a run scored in a 6-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, May 22, 1965 (N) at Chavez Ravine.

Played in 23 games for the Angels and hit .228, and made 45 putouts in 45 chances in the outfield.

Best Angels Performance:
Went 3 for 5 with a double and an RBI in a 7-3 loss to the Washington Senators on Tuesday, May 25, 1965 (N) at DC Stadium.

- Also played for the Cardinals (57-59, 62); Phillies (60-61); Mets (62); Cubs (62).
- Was selected by the Mets in the 1961 Expansion Draft.
- Played with 3 pennant-winning minor league teams.
- Homered in his first major league game, with the Cardinals in 1957.
- Described by ex-teammate Bill White as "the ultimate six o'clock hitter," meaning he would homer in batting practice, but rarely in a game.

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