Hal Smith-RIP

Hal Smith died a few weeks ago. He was a catcher for the St Louis Cardinals.

1959 Statistics HR 13 RBI 50 BA .270

A heart attack forced Hal Smith to retire midway in June of 1960. Don’t expect life to be fair and Hal Smith demonstrated that advice. There was no question about Smith’s fielding ability. His hitting was another matter. However, in 1959 Smith put it all together. His play improved so much that he made the All Star Team. HS was also featured in a issue for a baseball magazine.

Two games stood out in 1959. Hal Smith hit two home runs in one game in May. This effort was from a player who had only one home run the previous year. In September Smith hit a Grand Slam.

The heart attack really hurt. Today, with all the advances in medicine, it would have been a different matter. Smith remained in the Cardinal’s organization as a Coach and Scout.

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