Syd Smith

A native of South Carolina, Smith attended the University of South Carolina where he played both baseball and football. He is a member of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.*

A catcher and utility infielder originally drafted by the Yankees, he was with their class A team in the South Atlantic (Sally) League when he was traded to the A’s. They felt Syd had a bright future as a catcher and tutored him in the fine points of the big-league game such as the art and science of stealing the opposing team’s signs. But, after only 46 games, the A’s traded him to St. Louis where he played in only 27 games before being sent to the minors where he bounced from one organization to another for several years. It was during this period that he and Stud Cantrell struck up what many may see as an unlikely friendship and although Syd went on to play for Cleveland and Pittsburgh before calling it quits, he and Cantrell remained close, often going quail hunting in the Carolinas during the off-season.

Cantrell, like many others respected Smith as much for his well-educated mind as for his baseball acumen and when taking the Stogies into the WWBL and creating the Stogie organization in the new league, Cantrell brought Smith on board as Senior Advisor to the General Mgr. and Director, Minor League Operations.

*Other baseball players in the SCAHoF include Fritz Vol Kolnitz, Joe Jackson, Marty Marion, Van Lingle Mungo and Bobby Richardson.

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