George Smith (second baseman)

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George Smith
Second baseman
Born: (1937-07-07)July 7, 1937
St. Petersburg, Florida
Died: June 15, 1987(1987-06-15) (aged 49)
St. Petersburg, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 4, 1963, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
September 17, 1966, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Batting average .205
Home runs 9
Runs batted in 57

George Cornelius Smith (July 7, 1937 – June 15, 1987) was a second baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1963 through 1966 for the Detroit Tigers (1963–1965) and Boston Red Sox (1966). Listed at 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m), 170 lb., Smith batted and threw right-handed. A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, he attended Michigan State University.

In a four-season career, Smith was a .205 hitter (130-for-634) with nine home runs and 57 RBI in 217 games, including 64 runs, 27 doubles, six triples and nine stolen bases.

In between, Smith played in the Negro leagues for the Indianapolis Clowns (1952) and the Chicago American Giants (1956–1957).[1] He also played winter ball with the Navegantes del Magallanes club of the Venezuelan League in the 1966-67 season.[2]

Smith died in 1987 in his hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida, at the age of 49.


  1. ^ Clark, Dick; Lester, Larry (1994), The Negro Leagues Book, Cleveland, Ohio: Society for American Baseball Research, pp. 223, 256 
  2. ^ George Cornelius Smith – VPBL batting statistics. Pura Pelota. Retrieved on July 12, 2016.

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