Smith baseball card
October 24, 1871|
|Died: June 25, 1939
Buffalo, New York
|September 8, 1897, for the Louisville Colonels|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 16, 1903, for the Detroit Tigers|
George Henry "Heinie" Smith (October 24, 1871 – June 25, 1939) was an American second baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Louisville Colonels (1897–1898), Pittsburgh Pirates (1899), New York Giants (1901–1902) and Detroit Tigers (1903). Smith batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In his best season in 1902, Smith hit .252 and posted career-highs in games (138), runs batted in (RBIs) (33), hits (129), doubles (19), runs (46), and stolen bases (32). Also during that year, Smith took over as interim manager of the New York Giants and recorded a 5–27 record before being replaced by John McGraw. Smith then returned to being a full-time player.
After Major League career
Major League Heinie's
"Heinie" was a common nickname for German baseball players in the early part of the 20th Century. Smith was one of 22 Major League Heinie's in the first half of the 20th century. They include Heinie Manush, Heinie Groh, Heinie Zimmerman, Heinie Beckendorf and Heinie Schuble. In the 60-plus years since the end of World War II, there has not been a single Heinie in Major League Baseball.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- University at Buffalo Libraries – U.B. Sports History Collection