Ozzie Smith Stats

Ozzie Smith was born on Sunday, December 26, 1954, in Mobile, Alabama. Smith was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 7, 1978, with the San Diego Padres. 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 Ozzie Smith baseball stats page.

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"Ozzie Smith just made another play that I've never seen anyone else make before, and I've seen him make it more than anyone else ever has." - Broadcaster Jerry Coleman

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Ozzie "The Wizard of Oz" Smith Autograph on a 1984 Topps Baseball Card (#130)

Birth Name:
Osborne Earl Smith ( Twitter : @STLWizard )
Nickname:
Ozzie - The Wizard
Born On:
12-26-1954  (Capricorn)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Mobile, Alabama
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Locke High School (Los Angeles, CA)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Both
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-11
Player Weight Chart Weight:
150
First Game:
04-07-1978 (Age 23)
Last Game:
09-29-1996
Draft:
1977 : 4th Round (86th)

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Ozzie Smith Pitching Stats

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Ozzie Smith Hitting Stats

1978 24 Padres 159 590 69 152 17 6 1 0 46 47 0 43 28 3 0 11 .258 .311 .312
1979 25 Padres 156 587 77 124 18 6 0 0 27 37 5 37 22 1 2 11 .211 .260 .262
1980 26 Padres 158 609 67 140 18 5 0 0 35 71 1 49 23 4 5 9 .230 .313 .276
1981 27 Padres 110 450 53 100 11 2 0 0 21 41 1 37 10 1 5 8 .222 .294 .256
1982 28 Cardinals 140 488 58 121 24 1 2 0 43 68 12 32 4 5 2 10 .248 .339 .314
1983 29 Cardinals 159 552 69 134 30 6 3 0 50 64 9 36 7 2 1 10 .243 .321 .335
1984 30 Cardinals 124 412 53 106 20 5 1 0 44 56 5 17 11 3 2 8 .257 .347 .337
1985 31 Cardinals 158 537 70 148 22 3 6 0 54 65 11 27 9 2 2 13 .276 .355 .361
1986 32 Cardinals 153 514 67 144 19 4 0 0 54 79 13 27 11 3 2 9 .280 .376 .333
1987 33 Cardinals 158 600 104 182 40 4 0 0 75 89 3 36 12 4 1 9 .303 .392 .383
1988 34 Cardinals 153 575 80 155 27 1 3 0 51 74 2 43 12 7 1 7 .270 .350 .336
1989 35 Cardinals 155 593 82 162 30 8 2 0 50 55 3 37 11 3 2 10 .273 .335 .361
1990 36 Cardinals 143 512 61 130 21 1 1 0 50 61 4 33 7 10 2 8 .254 .330 .305
1991 37 Cardinals 150 550 96 157 30 3 3 0 50 83 2 36 6 1 1 8 .285 .380 .367
1992 38 Cardinals 132 518 73 153 20 2 0 0 31 59 4 34 12 1 0 11 .295 .367 .342
1993 39 Cardinals 141 545 75 157 22 6 1 0 53 43 1 18 7 7 1 11 .288 .337 .356
1994 40 Cardinals 98 381 51 100 18 3 3 0 30 38 3 26 10 4 0 3 .262 .326 .349
1995 41 Cardinals 44 156 16 31 5 1 0 0 11 17 0 12 5 2 2 6 .199 .282 .244
1996 42 Cardinals 82 227 36 64 10 2 2 0 18 25 0 9 7 0 2 5 .282 .358 .370
19 Years 2,573 9,396 1,257 2,460 402 69 28 0 793 1,072 79 589 214 63 33 167 .262 .337 .328

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Ozzie Smith Fielding Stats

1978 Padres SS 159 154 3,981 837 5.3 812 264 548 25 98 n/a n/a n/a .970 5.51
1979 Padres SS 155 153 4,017 831 5.4 811 256 555 20 86 n/a n/a n/a .976 5.45
1980 Padres SS 158 157 447 933 5.9 909 288 621 24 113 n/a n/a n/a .974 54.91
1981 Padres SS 110 110 315 658 6.0 642 220 422 16 72 n/a n/a n/a .976 55.03
1982 Cardinals SS 139 139 3,747 827 5.9 814 279 535 13 101 n/a n/a n/a .984 5.87
1983 Cardinals SS 158 154 4,029 844 5.3 823 304 519 21 100 n/a n/a n/a .975 5.52
1984 Cardinals SS 124 124 3,195 682 5.5 670 233 437 12 94 n/a n/a n/a .982 5.66
1985 Cardinals SS 158 158 447 827 5.2 813 264 549 14 111 n/a n/a n/a .983 49.11
1986 Cardinals SS 144 144 3,861 697 4.8 682 229 453 15 96 n/a n/a n/a .978 4.77
1987 Cardinals SS 158 153 417 771 4.9 761 245 516 10 111 n/a n/a n/a .987 49.27
1988 Cardinals SS 150 150 24,396 775 5.2 753 234 519 22 79 n/a n/a n/a .972 0.83
1989 Cardinals SS 153 152 435 709 4.6 692 209 483 17 73 n/a n/a n/a .976 42.95
1990 Cardinals SS 140 137 3,609 602 4.3 590 212 378 12 66 n/a n/a n/a .980 4.41
1991 Cardinals SS 150 148 3,759 639 4.3 631 244 387 8 79 n/a n/a n/a .987 4.53
1992 Cardinals SS 132 128 3,468 662 5.0 652 232 420 10 82 n/a n/a n/a .985 5.08
1993 Cardinals SS 134 131 3,417 721 5.4 702 251 451 19 98 n/a n/a n/a .974 5.55
1994 Cardinals SS 96 94 2,466 434 4.5 426 135 291 8 67 n/a n/a n/a .982 4.66
1995 Cardinals SS 41 41 1,029 196 4.8 189 60 129 7 28 n/a n/a n/a .964 4.96
1996 Cardinals SS 52 50 1,326 260 5.0 252 90 162 8 36 n/a n/a n/a .969 5.13
SS Totals 2,511 2,477 68,361 12,905 5.1 12,624 4,249 8,375 281 1,590 n/a n/a n/a .978 4.99
19 Years 2,511 2,477 68,361 12,905 5.1 12,624 4,249 8,375 281 1,590 n/a n/a n/a .978 4.99

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Ozzie Smith Miscellaneous Stats

1978 Padres 40 12 .769 0 2 n/a 590.0 13.7 12.8 - - -
1979 Padres 28 7 .800 0 1 n/a 0.0 15.9 21.7 - - -
1980 Padres 57 15 .792 0 0 n/a 0.0 12.4 17.4 - - -
1981 Padres 22 12 .647 0 0 n/a 0.0 12.2 21.4 - - -
1982 Cardinals 25 5 .833 1 0 n/a 244.0 15.3 11.3 - - -
1983 Cardinals 34 7 .829 2 0 n/a 184.0 15.3 11.0 - - -
1984 Cardinals 35 7 .833 0 0 n/a 412.0 24.2 9.4 - - -
1985 Cardinals 31 8 .795 0 0 n/a 89.5 19.9 9.9 - - -
1986 Cardinals 31 7 .816 9 0 n/a 0.0 19.0 9.5 - - -
1987 Cardinals 43 9 .827 2 0 n/a 0.0 16.7 8.0 - - -
1988 Cardinals 57 9 .864 3 0 n/a 191.7 13.4 11.3 - - -
1989 Cardinals 29 7 .806 2 0 n/a 296.5 16.0 11.9 - - -
1990 Cardinals 32 6 .842 3 0 n/a 512.0 15.5 10.2 - - -
1991 Cardinals 35 9 .795 0 1 n/a 183.3 15.3 11.0 - - -
1992 Cardinals 43 9 .827 0 1 n/a 0.0 15.2 16.7 - - -
1993 Cardinals 21 8 .724 7 2 n/a 545.0 30.3 10.3 - - -
1994 Cardinals 6 3 .667 3 0 n/a 127.0 14.7 12.7 - - -
1995 Cardinals 4 3 .571 3 0 n/a 0.0 13.0 14.2 - - -
1996 Cardinals 7 5 .583 32 0 n/a 113.5 25.2 12.6 - - -
19 Years 580 148 .797 67 7 n/a 335.6 16.0 11.8 - - -

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Ozzie Smith Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1978 San Diego Padres 1 $21,000.00 - -
1979 San Diego Padres 1 $21,000.00 - -
1980 San Diego Padres 1 $30,000.00 - -
1981 San Diego Padres 1 $300,000.00 Stats -
1982 St. Louis Cardinals 1 $450,000.00 Stats Stats
1983 St. Louis Cardinals 1 $1,100,000.00 Stats -
1984 St. Louis Cardinals 1 $1,200,000.00 Stats -
1985 St. Louis Cardinals 1 $1,440,000.00 Stats Stats
1986 St. Louis Cardinals 1 $1,940,000.00 Stats -
1987 St. Louis Cardinals 1 $1,940,000.00 Stats Stats
1988 St. Louis Cardinals 1 $2,340,000.00 Stats -
1989 St. Louis Cardinals 1 $2,340,000.00 Stats -
1990 St. Louis Cardinals 1 $1,975,000.00 Stats -
1991 St. Louis Cardinals 1 $2,225,000.00 Stats -
1992 St. Louis Cardinals 1 $2,000,000.00 Stats -
1993 St. Louis Cardinals 1 $3,000,000.00 - -
1994 St. Louis Cardinals 1 $3,000,000.00 Stats n/a
1995 St. Louis Cardinals 1 $3,000,000.00 Stats -
1996 St. Louis Cardinals 1 $3,500,000.00 Stats -
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Do you know how The Wizard started his trademark backflip tradition? Neither did Baseball Almanac until the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association 14th annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City occurred and attending players interviewed each other on the stage, Mudcat Grant asked Ozzie who replied:

"I lived across the street from a wood factory, where they used to build pallets. I would take a plank and put it between the stacks of wood before they started making the pallets, and that would be my springboard. I'd tumble into sawdust.

"When I turned pro in 1978, my rookie year, we had to run two miles after practice. Gene Tenace was a teammate of mine. They gave me a hard time, because I didn't like running, either. He gave me a hard time about being in the back of the pack, being one of the young guys. So at the end of practice, I ran and did a round-off back handspring. Gene Tenace had girls who were in gymnastics, and he asked me to do it during the season, which I wasn't able to do.

"So finally at the end of the season, which was Fan Appreciation Day, he suggested that I do it going out to my position. I was a little reluctant doing it. I ended up doing it, and the people liked it so much, they asked me to do it again Opening Day the following year, and that became my trademark."

Did you know that Ozzie Smith won thirteen Gold Glove Awards at Shortstop , the most in Major League history? The next closest to The Wizard of Oz is Omar Vizquel , who won eleven Gold Gloves , nine in the American League and two in the National League. Ozzie won all thirteen of his Gold Gloves in the National League, won them consecutively, not sharing the honor with any other shortstop from 1980 through 1992, and the closest shortstop to his thirteen consecutive golden gloves is Dave Concepcion , who won four in a row from 1974 through 1977.

Ozzie Smith Hall of Fame Plaque
Ozzie Smith | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 2002 ( HOF )
Ozzie Smith has 8,375 career assists at shortstop , more than any shortstop in baseball history. Ozzie Smith has handled 12,624 career chances at shortstop , more than any shortstop in baseball history. Ozzie Smith has turned 1,590 double plays at shortstop , more than any National League shortstop in baseball history. Do you believe The Wizard of Oz is the greatest defensive shortstop in Major League history? Tell us on Baseball Fever .

Last-Modified: April 5, 2020 4:54 AM EST

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