Lonnie Smith Stats

Lonnie Smith was born on Thursday, December 22, 1955, in Chicago, Illinois. Smith was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 2, 1978, with the Philadelphia Phillies. 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 Lonnie Smith baseball stats page.

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"I can still hit. I can still run. I can still make errors." - Lonnie Smith (Denying he was washed up & quoted by Bill James in the New Historical Baseball Abstract [1994])

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Lonnie "Skates" Smith Autograph on a 1987 Topps Baseball Card (#69)

Birth Name:
Lonnie Smith
Nickname:
Skates
Born On:
12-22-1955  (Capricorn)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Chicago, Illinois
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Centennial High School (Compton, CA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-09
Player Weight Chart Weight:
170
First Game:
09-02-1978 (Age 22)
Last Game:
08-10-1994
Draft:
1974 : 1st Round (3rd)

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Lonnie Smith Pitching Stats

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Lonnie Smith Hitting Stats

1978 23 Phillies 17 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .500 .000
1979 24 Phillies 17 30 4 5 2 0 0 0 3 1 0 7 0 0 0 0 .167 .194 .233
1980 25 Phillies 100 298 69 101 14 4 3 0 20 26 2 48 1 2 4 5 .339 .397 .443
1981 26 Phillies 62 176 40 57 14 3 2 0 11 18 1 14 3 0 5 1 .324 .402 .472
1982 27 Cardinals 156 592 120 182 35 8 8 1 69 64 2 74 3 4 9 11 .307 .381 .434
1983 28 Cardinals 130 492 83 158 31 5 8 0 45 41 2 55 1 4 9 11 .321 .381 .453
1984 29 Cardinals 145 504 77 126 20 4 6 1 49 70 0 90 3 4 9 7 .250 .349 .341
1985 30 Cardinals 28 96 15 25 2 2 0 0 7 15 0 20 1 0 3 2 .260 .377 .323
1985 30 Royals 120 448 77 115 23 4 6 0 41 41 0 69 0 5 4 2 .257 .321 .366
1986 31 Royals 134 508 80 146 25 7 8 0 44 46 0 78 2 2 10 10 .287 .357 .411
1987 32 Royals 48 167 26 42 7 1 3 0 8 24 0 31 0 2 4 1 .251 .355 .359
1988 33 Braves 43 114 14 27 3 0 3 0 9 10 0 25 0 1 0 0 .237 .296 .342
1989 34 Braves 134 482 89 152 34 4 21 0 79 76 3 95 1 7 11 7 .315 .415 .533
1990 35 Braves 135 466 72 142 27 9 9 0 42 58 3 69 1 6 6 2 .305 .384 .459
1991 36 Braves 122 353 58 97 19 1 7 0 44 50 3 64 2 2 9 4 .275 .377 .394
1992 37 Braves 84 158 23 39 8 2 6 1 33 17 1 37 0 4 3 1 .247 .324 .437
1993 38 Pirates 94 199 35 57 5 4 6 0 24 43 2 42 3 2 5 3 .286 .422 .442
1993 38 Orioles 9 24 8 5 1 0 2 0 3 8 0 10 0 0 0 0 .208 .406 .500
1994 39 Orioles 35 59 13 12 3 0 0 0 2 11 0 18 0 1 1 2 .203 .333 .254
17 Years 1,613 5,170 909 1,488 273 58 98 3 533 623 19 849 21 46 92 69 .288 .371 .420

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Lonnie Smith Fielding Stats

1978 Phillies CF 1 1 21 2 2.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.57
1978 Phillies LF 9 0 42 4 0.4 4 3 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.57
1978 Phillies RF 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1979 Phillies CF 5 4 111 13 2.6 13 13 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.16
1979 Phillies LF 3 0 12 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1979 Phillies RF 4 4 63 7 1.8 7 6 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1980 Phillies CF 9 7 180 14 1.6 14 14 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.10
1980 Phillies LF 52 44 1,146 79 1.5 75 74 1 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .949 1.77
1980 Phillies RF 23 19 498 35 1.5 35 34 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.90
1981 Phillies CF 23 19 444 46 2.0 45 40 5 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .978 2.74
1981 Phillies LF 8 4 123 13 1.6 12 11 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .923 2.63
1981 Phillies RF 24 20 459 41 1.7 40 37 3 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .976 2.35
1982 Cardinals CF 36 36 702 73 2.0 71 67 4 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .973 2.73
1982 Cardinals LF 138 108 3,087 254 1.8 247 235 12 7 2 n/a n/a n/a .972 2.16
1983 Cardinals LF 126 121 3,033 254 2.0 239 225 14 15 4 n/a n/a n/a .941 2.13
1984 Cardinals LF 140 137 3,207 216 1.5 205 187 18 11 0 n/a n/a n/a .949 1.73
1985 Cardinals LF 28 27 621 44 1.6 44 43 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.91
1985 Royals LF 119 119 2,760 218 1.8 209 199 10 9 3 n/a n/a n/a .959 2.04
1986 Royals LF 118 118 2,901 261 2.2 252 247 5 9 1 n/a n/a n/a .966 2.35
1987 Royals LF 32 31 831 58 1.8 53 51 2 5 0 n/a n/a n/a .914 1.72
1988 Braves LF 35 25 717 63 1.8 61 59 2 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .968 2.30
1989 Braves LF 132 129 3,426 295 2.2 293 290 3 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .993 2.31
1990 Braves LF 122 113 2,976 270 2.2 258 252 6 12 2 n/a n/a n/a .956 2.34
1991 Braves LF 99 98 2,175 144 1.5 139 134 5 5 2 n/a n/a n/a .965 1.73
1992 Braves LF 35 31 723 66 1.9 63 61 2 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .955 2.35
1993 Pirates CF 3 2 51 8 2.7 7 7 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .875 3.71
1993 Pirates LF 58 42 1,143 99 1.7 98 97 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .990 2.31
1993 Orioles LF 4 4 96 6 1.5 6 5 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.69
1994 Orioles RF 2 1 42 3 1.5 3 2 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.93
LF Totals 1,258 1,151 29,019 2,344 1.9 2,258 2,173 85 86 15 n/a n/a n/a .963 2.10
CF Totals 77 69 1,509 156 2.0 152 143 9 4 2 n/a n/a n/a .974 2.72
RF Totals 54 44 1,065 86 1.6 85 79 6 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .988 2.15
17 Years 1,389 1,264 31,593 2,586 1.9 2,495 2,395 100 91 18 n/a n/a n/a .965 2.13

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Lonnie Smith Miscellaneous Stats

1978 Phillies 4 0 1.000 2 10 n/a 0.0 1.3 0.0 - - -
1979 Phillies 2 1 .667 2 7 n/a 0.0 4.3 10.0 - - -
1980 Phillies 33 13 .717 10 17 n/a 99.3 6.2 14.9 - - -
1981 Phillies 21 10 .677 5 10 n/a 88.0 12.6 16.0 - - -
1982 Cardinals 68 26 .723 11 0 n/a 74.0 8.0 8.6 - - -
1983 Cardinals 43 18 .705 6 1 n/a 61.5 8.9 10.9 - - -
1984 Cardinals 50 13 .794 8 0 n/a 84.0 5.6 10.3 - - -
1985 Cardinals 12 6 .667 1 0 n/a 0.0 4.8 13.7 - - -
1985 Royals 40 7 .851 1 0 0 74.7 6.5 10.9 - - -
1986 Royals 26 9 .743 4 2 10 63.5 6.5 11.5 - - -
1987 Royals 9 4 .692 1 2 15 55.7 5.4 20.9 - - -
1988 Braves 4 2 .667 15 0 n/a 38.0 4.6 12.7 - - -
1989 Braves 25 12 .676 4 0 n/a 23.0 5.1 6.1 - - -
1990 Braves 10 10 .500 20 1 n/a 51.8 6.8 11.1 - - -
1991 Braves 9 5 .643 24 0 n/a 50.4 5.5 8.0 - - -
1992 Braves 4 0 1.000 51 1 n/a 26.3 4.3 4.8 - - -
1993 Pirates 9 4 .692 43 1 n/a 33.2 4.7 8.3 - - -
1993 Orioles 0 0 .000 1 0 5 12.0 2.4 8.0 - - -
1994 Orioles 1 0 1.000 7 11 30 0.0 3.3 29.5 - - -
17 Years 370 140 .725 216 63 60 52.8 6.1 9.7 - - -

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Lonnie Smith Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1978 Philadelphia Phillies 27 $22,200.00 - -
1979 Philadelphia Phillies 27 $24,600.00 - -
1980 Philadelphia Phillies 27 $41,000.00 - Stats
1981 Philadelphia Phillies 27 $125,000.00 - -
1982 St. Louis Cardinals 27 $240,000.00 Stats Stats
1983 St. Louis Cardinals 27 $500,000.00 - -
1984 St. Louis Cardinals 27 $630,000.00 - -
1985 St. Louis Cardinals 27 $740,000.00 - -
1985 Kansas City Royals 21 "     " - Stats
1986 Kansas City Royals 21 $1,000,000.00 - -
1987 Kansas City Royals 21 $500,000.00 - -
1988 Atlanta Braves 6 $450,000.00 - -
1989 Atlanta Braves 27 $400,000.00 - -
1990 Atlanta Braves 27 $1,458,334.00 - -
1991 Atlanta Braves 27 $2,041,667.00 - Stats
1992 Atlanta Braves 27 $1,750,000.00 - Stats
1993 Pittsburgh Pirates 27 $1,000,000.00 - -
1993 Baltimore Orioles 27 "     " - -
1994 Baltimore Orioles 39 $750,000.00 - n/a
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Did you know that Lonnie Smith is one of only eight players in Major League history to have played for both the American and National League teams that reached the World Series during the same season? Did you know that of the elite eight, only three of them actually appeared in a World Series game for one of the two teams (they appear below in bold print)?

Lonnie Smith is the only player in baseball history to play in four different World Series with four different teams. Skates won a ring with three of those four teams (Philadelphia, St. Louis and Kansas City), joining the "3-Rings with 3-Teams Club" - Nick Altrock , George Burns , Steve Carlton , Jay Johnstone , Dolf Luque , Stuffy McInnis , Jack Morris , Herb Pennock and Wally Schang . In that "club", only Lonnie won all of his Fall Classic rings within the same decade (and he did it in a six-year period; 1980 , 1982 and 1985 ).

Lonnie Smith won the Comeback Player of the Year Award in 1989, the second player from the Atlanta Braves to earn the honor ( Davey Johnson in 1973 was first). New York Times staff writer David Falkner wrote the following insightful article ( link ) about Skates, his drug abuse problems, and his comeback:

The Comeback Of Lonnie Smith

Remembering his first days as a ballplayer, Lonnie Smith, the 33-year-old hot-hitting Braves outfielder, said that he once had a desire to wear a single earring.

He never did because he was afraid of being ridiculed. "It was something at the time that seemed beautiful to me," he said. "It was an old African custom which represented a coming into manhood."

Smith's passing into manhood, though, has been anything but ceremonial or customary. It has been a journey to a lost place and then back again. After tonight's game here against the Expos he was Atlanta's leading hitter at .332, the fourth-highest average in the National League. Heading into this weekend's series with the Mets in New York, he is among the league leaders in six other offensive categories.

But eighteen months ago, he was a man looking for work, a ballplayer, once an All-Star, turned down by 26 teams who thought he was too old and too shopworn to play. "He is probably the biggest story in baseball right now, though not that many people are on to it," said Russ Nixon , the Braves' manager.

Though it has been six years since his journey between peaks began, Smith, then a 27-year-old star outfielder with the St. Louis Cardinals, remembers the first steps as though they had just been taken.

"It was just before a game in Philadelphia," he recalled. "I hadn't slept for three nights. I walked into Whitey Herzog's office and I was in tears. I told Whitey I couldn't play anymore. I told him that I had a cocaine problem and that I needed help."

On the spot, Herzog picked up a phone and made a call and within 48 hours, Smith began a well-publicized monthlong stay in a rehabilitation center in St. Louis. He resumed his career immediately afterward but it was the beginning, not the end, of a slow and steep descent into a world devoid af answers, or even of real hope.

"I was an addict the very first time I took drugs, never mind all that stuff about its being a gradual thing," Smith said. "I started for the usual reasons: because I was curious, because I thought it was the thing to do, but the big thing was I couldn't stop. And then I literally couldn't get through the day without it."

Within a year of his rehabilitation, Smith's on-field performance slipped. Though he finished the 1983 season hitting .321, he hit only .250 the following season and by the next year was traded to the Kansas City Royals, where he picked up his third World Series ring.

But 1985 was also the year he was asked to appear before a grand jury in Pittsburgh investigating drug use in baseball. Though he had not used drugs since his rehabilitation, he was one of several players - Keith Hernandez and Dave Parker were others - fined and suspended by Peter Ueberroth, the commissioner of baseball.

Smith believed the decision in his case - because he had voluntarily sought help - was unfair but, more important, showed that beyond simply getting users clean again baseball had no real plan to help players with drug problems.

"Even in terms of testing, I had to ask for it," he said. "I wanted to be monitored, but there weren't even provisions for that." But something even more insidious was threatening Smith's career. His once brilliant promise was beginning to fade.

He finished 1986 hitting .287, far below his career average, and his usual standard of more than 40 steals a year slipped to 26. A year later, Bo Jackson arrived in Kansas City and Smith, who had spent seven years in the minors, was just another Triple A player. The year following, he was no player at all. The Royals, believing that his talents were gone, gave him his unconditional release.

"My agent called everyone and was turned down cold, and then I got on the phone myself," Smith said. Midway through spring training in 1988, Bobby Cox of the Braves called Smith back and offered him a minor league contract. He gratefully accepted.

"When Lonnie showed up in minor league camp, he weighed a little too much, he was definitely out of shape, but you never saw anyone try so hard," said Nixon , who was then managing the Braves' Double A team in Greenville, S.C. "Smith was in my training group, and he actually got sick from all the running he was put through. It was really hard on him."

Smith remembers being out of shape and getting sick from running in those first days but he swears he was not overweight. "It was just that minor league uniforms didn't fit all that well," he said, with a wry smile. Smith had a solid year for the Richmond Braves in 1988, enough to earn him a spot on the big team in 1989.

If he is a step slower, (playing with injuries to both ankles, he has 15 steals ), his bat is, if anything quicker. "He probably has the fastest bat coming through the strike zone of any player in the National League with the possible exception of Kevin Mitchell ," said Nixon .

Age may have also added a shrewder sense of when to turn on a ball. Never having hit more than 8 home runs in a major league season, Smith has 14. And his hits have tended to be big ones: his two-out two-run single in the seventh inning Tuesday night capped the Braves' winning rally against the Expos and his ninth-inning home run on Friday ruined Sid Fernandez's 16-strikeout performance.

''If they still had that game-winning r.b.i. stat,'' Nixon said, ''he'd probably be leading the league. He's accounted for 50 percent of our wins, and even on our team that's a lot.''

For Smith, aside from a tremendous pride in craft and a desire to keep earning a living, the reasons for his remarkable turnaround probably lie more in what he has gone through off the field than on. He simply knows more about who he is and where he has been.

His father, who died of cancer two years ago, and his grandmother, were alcoholics. Their lives, their pain, have become incentives - and a warning - in his own quest to remain drug free. ''One of the things I now know, is my addiction, whatever choices were involved, also was inherited,'' he said. ''That means I will have to pay attention to it for as long as I live.''

Smith said he wanted to play baseball for another two to five years but that, even more, his goal was to establish a secure life on the other side of the nightmare he has been through. He may have already done that. He is about to be remarried. A year or so ago, before he began his comeback, he asked his fiancee an innocent question: ''What do you think of a man who wears an earring?'' Her answer, he said, was that it would be beautiful.

He has been wearing an earring ever since.

On September 4, 1982 , Lonnie Smith stole five bases in a single game setting the franchise record for steals in a game for the St. Louis Cardinals and joining the Most Stolen Bases in a Game record book section - one of the elite few to steal at least five bases in a game.

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