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Former MLB shortstop for the San Diego Padres & St. Louis Cardinals; 1982 World Series Champion; 18x All-Star selection; 16x Gold Glove Winner; Member of the National Basbeall Hall of Fame
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Detailed Biography of Ozzie Smith
One of the most well known and well respected baseball players of all time, Ozzie Smith remains highly sought out as a motivational speaker. Smith was responsible for creating a dynasty at the St. Louis Cardinals, a team he played for from 1982 until his retirement in 1996.
The legendary shortstop got his start in Major League Baseball on April 7, 1978 for the San Diego Padres. He stayed with the Southern California team until 1982, when he made his debut for the Cardinals, where he would remain for the rest of his career and reach unparalleled levels of success. Among the accolades and awards he won throughout his tenure for the Cardinals are 13 Gold Glove awards, the Silver Slugger award, the Roberto Clemente award, the Branch Rickey award, the Lou Gehrig Memorial award, the National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player award and, of course, the 1982 World Series championship. Throughout his career, Ozzie Smith appearances on the All-Star team happened 15 times.
When Ozzie Smith appearances as a player stopped, the baseball legend moved on to other successful ventures. Like many baseball greats, Ozzie Smith appearances over the airwaves, both in radio and television, became common, with the former Cardinal commenting on that team’s games and also hosting the television show “This Week in Baseball.” The list of Ozzie Smith endorsements includes everything from his own restaurant, Ozzie’s, a grocery store chain, a sports academy for kids, a salad dressing and a children’s book he authored.
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