Ozzie SmithOzzie Smith
(born December 26
) is a former Major League baseball
player born in Mobile, Alabama
. Smith is a 13-time Gold Glove shortstop
who was elected to the United States Baseball Hall of Fame
. He is widely cited as the greatest defensive player of all time at his position.
Smith broke in with the San Diego Padres, and then was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1979. He would finish his career with the Cardinals.
A weak hitter early in his career, Smith improved at the plate through the years. His real asset was his glove.
Smith is only the 37th player of the 252 elected to the Hall to date to be so honored in his first year of eligibility.