Hal Smith Stats

Hal Smith was born on Monday, June 1, 1931, in Barling, Arkansas. Smith was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on May 2, 1956, with the St. Louis Cardinals. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Hal Smith baseball stats page.

"Our Hal Smith hit only 23 home runs in a major league career that spanned 570 games. He drove in only 172 runs and had a lifetime batting average of .258. That may raise some eyebrows among people who might wonder how I could put someone with those offensive numbers third on the Cardinals ' all-time list of catchers. The reason is, as a catcher myself, I have a great appreciation of the defensive skills required in the job, and behind the plate Hal was as good as they come. He could catch . He could really catch, with soft, pliable hands, and he could throw lasers. He was a lot like Jerry Grote on the Mets , who was the best defensive catcher I ever saw. Hal Smith was on par with Grote , and the pitchers loved to pitch to him. Not enough is made, I don't believe, about what a catcher does for a pitch. All pitchers loved Hal Smith." - Tim McCarver in Few and Chosen: Defining Cardinal Greatness Across the Eras (Triumph Books, 04/01/2003, Page 6)
Hal Smith

Hal Smith Autograph on a 1960 Topps Baseball Card (#84 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1960top01' title='1960 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)
Hal Smith Autograph on a 1960 Topps Baseball Card (#84 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Harold Raymond Smith
Nickname:
Cura or Hal
Born On:
06-01-1931  (Gemini)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Barling, Arkansas
Year of Death Data Died On:
04-12-2014 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Cemetery:
Fort Smith National Cemetery, Fort Smith, Arkansas
High School:
Fort Smith High School (Fort Smith, AR)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-11
Player Weight Chart Weight:
189
First Game:
05-02-1956 (Age 24)
Last Game:
07-08-1965
Draft:
Not Applicable
Hal Smith

Hal Smith Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
Hal Smith

Hal Smith Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1956 25 Cardinals 75 227 27 64 12 0 5 0 23 15 4 22 0 0 0 7 .282 .326 .401
1957 26 Cardinals 100 333 25 93 12 3 2 0 37 18 2 18 1 3 0 9 .279 .314 .351
1958 27 Cardinals 77 220 13 50 4 1 1 0 24 14 4 14 3 1 0 6 .227 .272 .268
1959 28 Cardinals 142 452 35 122 15 3 13 1 50 15 6 28 5 0 1 13 .270 .295 .403
1960 29 Cardinals 127 337 20 77 16 0 2 0 28 29 13 33 1 1 1 12 .228 .291 .294
1961 30 Cardinals 45 125 6 31 4 1 0 0 10 11 4 12 3 2 1 3 .248 .309 .296
1965 34 Pirates 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
7 Years 570 1,697 126 437 63 8 23 1 172 102 33 128 13 7 3 50 .258 .300 .345
Hal Smith

Hal Smith Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1956 Cardinals C 66 58 1,548 340 5.2 334 300 34 6 3 1 15 11 .982 5.83
1957 Cardinals C 97 86 2,385 515 5.3 510 468 42 5 8 17 28 15 .990 5.77
1958 Cardinals C 71 61 1,664 372 5.2 368 346 22 4 4 2 25 9 .989 5.97
1959 Cardinals C 141 128 3,317 827 5.9 818 758 60 9 13 5 44 32 .989 6.66
1960 Cardinals C 124 108 2,751 732 5.9 725 664 61 7 9 2 32 34 .990 7.12
1961 Cardinals C 45 42 1,033 291 6.5 289 261 28 2 6 1 12 11 .993 7.55
1965 Pirates C 4 1 36 13 3.3 13 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 9.75
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
C Totals 548 484 12,734 3,090 5.6 3,057 2,810 247 33 43 28 156 112 .989 6.48
7 Years 548 484 12,734 3,090 5.6 3,057 2,810 247 33 43 28 156 112 .989 6.48
Hal Smith

Hal Smith Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1956 Cardinals 1 0 1.000 9 0 n/a 45.4 10.3 9.9 - - -
1957 Cardinals 2 2 .500 5 0 n/a 166.5 18.5 9.0 - - -
1958 Cardinals 0 0 .000 8 0 n/a 220.0 15.7 9.2 - - -
1959 Cardinals 2 6 .250 1 0 n/a 34.8 16.1 9.0 - - -
1960 Cardinals 1 0 1.000 7 0 n/a 168.5 10.2 12.0 - - -
1961 Cardinals 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 10.4 12.5 - - -
1965 Pirates 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.0 0.0 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
7 Years 6 8 .429 30 0 n/a 73.8 13.3 9.9 - - -
Hal Smith

Hal Smith Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1956 St. Louis Cardinals 18 Undetermined - -
1957 St. Louis Cardinals 18 Undetermined Stats -
1958 St. Louis Cardinals 18 Undetermined - -
1959 St. Louis Cardinals 2 Undetermined Stats -
1960 St. Louis Cardinals 2 $20,000.00 - -
1961 St. Louis Cardinals 2 Undetermined - -
1965 Pittsburgh Pirates 2 Undetermined - -


Hal Smith, on June 10, 1961, entered Jewish Hospital after feeling pain in the upper abdomen and chest. He was hitting .400 at the time, he had caught 42 of the 48 games that season, and his career (on the field) was about to end:
Hal Smith
Hal Smith | The Mason City Globe-Gazette | June 21, 1961 | Page 19

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Last-Modified: February 19, 2018 1:13 PM EST

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