Dave Smith (pitcher, born 1955)
January 21, 1955|
|Died: December 17, 2008
San Diego, California
|April 11, 1980, for the Houston Astros|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 8, 1992, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Earned run average||2.67|
|Career highlights and awards|
David Stanley Smith (January 21, 1955 – December 17, 2008) was a Major League Baseball relief pitcher. Smith was born in Richmond, California, and attended San Diego State University. He was drafted in the 8th Round (169th overall) of the 1976 draft. He was signed by Scout Bob Cluck. Most of his major league career was spent with the Houston Astros from 1980-1990. He only started one game in his career, and was the team's primary closer from 1985 on. Smith was selected for the National League All-Star team for both the 1986 and 1990 seasons. He holds the Astros record for games pitched (586) and is second in team history with 199 saves. At the end of his career, he played for the Chicago Cubs. His career won-loss record finished at 53-53. After his playing career ended, he briefly served as a pitching coach for the San Diego Padres. He was one of the Directors of The San Diego School of Baseball for nearly 30 years.
Smith died of a heart attack on December 17, 2008, in San Diego, California. He is survived by his wife, Alix, and his three children Kellen (26), Cameron (21), and Dakota Maggie (1). Kellen and Cameron are children from a previous marriage to Mia Boardman Smith.
- Footer, Alyson (December 17, 2008). "Former Astro Smith dies of heart attack; Two-time All-Star reliever was on three Houston playoff teams". MLB.com. Retrieved December 18, 2008.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
- Dave Smith page at AstrosDaily.com
- AP Obituary in the Houston Chronicle
- Dave Smith - 1975, 1976 Alaska Goldpanners
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