Dwight Smith: runner-up for National League Rookie of the Year, passes away at 58
Dwight Smith Sr., the sprinter for League Championship Rookie of the Year who was a member of Atlanta’s World Series-winning team in 1995, has died this Friday, according to the Braves. He was aged 58.
According to the Braves, the veteran outfielder and pinch-hitter died of chronic cardio-respiratory disease. He resided in the Atlanta suburb of Peachtree City, roughly 30 miles south of the city.
Smith spent eight years in the major leagues, beginning only with Chicago Cubs and moving on to the Angels and Orioles before reaching the Braves for his last second season. Dwight Jr., his son, has also played in the premier league, another very notably with Baltimore in 2020.
The heart-breaking messages flood the legend:
The Orioles responded, “We are heartbroken by the passing of Dwight Smith, Sr.” “During this difficult moment, our thoughts and prayers are with the rest of our baseball community and the Smith family.”
The Braves hailed Smith “a vital member” of their first Atlanta winning squad in an announcement. “Dwight was also a well-liked alumni member, and his contagious smile will be missed throughout Truist Park,” the group has announced.
The career feats achieved by the player:
Smith played his entire career well with the Braves for another qualifying campaign. In 101 games, he batted.203, including three major league and 16 RBIs. He didn’t play in the postseason as Atlanta advanced to the World Series, where the New York Yankees defeated them.
Smith had his biggest comeback as a Cubs rookie in 1989, batting. 324 with nine runs scored and 52 RBIs to aid Chicago in capturing the NL East. He finished second in the rookie of the year voting to compatriot Jerome Walton.
“We are saddened to learn of Dwight Smith’s death and extend our condolences,” the Cubs tweeted. Smith was happily married to his wife, Cheryl, and they enjoyed their two kids, Taylor and Shannyn.
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