Lonnie Smith 1985 Kansas City Royals Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo COA
~~~~Great looking autographed photo by former Kansas City Royals outfielder...Lonnie Smith.
Lonnie began his career in 1978 with the Philadelphia Phillies. He played for the Phillies 1978-81, St. Louis Cardinals 1982-85, Kansas City Royals 1985-87, Atlanta Braves 1988-92, Pittsburgh Pirates 1993 and Baltimore Orioles 1993-94. During his career, he played in 1613 career games and pounded out 1488 hits (including 273 doubles, 58 triples and 98 HR's)in 5170 at bats for a .288 career batting average. Lonnie, whose nickname was "Skates", was named to the 1982 NL All-Star team, led all NL outfielders in assists 2x (16 in 1982 and 18 in 1984), led all NL players with 120 runs scored in 1982, was the NL Hit-by-pitch leader 3x (1982-84...hit by 9 pitches each year), was a member of the 1991 and 1992 NL Champion Atlanta Braves and was a member of the 1980 World Champion Phillies, the 1982 World Champion Cardinals and the 1985 World Champion Kansas City Royals. Lonnie originally signed this photo on Sunday February 17, 2008.
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Lonnie Smith (born December 22, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. He made his debut for the Philadelphia Phillies on September 2, 1978 and later played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Baltimore Orioles. He overcame bouts with drug abuse to become one of the top basestealers in baseball during the decade of the 1980s. He played on four pennant-winning teams, three of which won the World Series, during his career.
After brief trials with the Phillies in 1978 and 1979, Smith broke into the team's lineup in 1980, batting .339 in 100 games as the Phillies won the National League pennant and defeated the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. Smith's performance was strong enough for him to finish third in Rookie of the Year balloting following the season. He continued to play well in the strike-shortened 1981 season, hitting .324.
St. Louis Cardinals
He was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in December of that year, but continued to hit in 1982, when he was a National League All-Star, finishing second in league Most Valuable Player voting that season. He batted .307, led the league with 120 runs scored and ranked second with his 68 steals. He batted .321 in the 1982 World Series, helping the Cardinals to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers in seven games. Smith continued to play well in 1983, hitting .321 in 130 games to again draw MVP votes. However, his season was marred by his first bout with drug abuse, sidelining him for more than a month at midseason. Smith returned to the Cardinals and remained with the team throughout the 1984 season.
Kansas City Royals
Smith was traded to the Royals on May 17, 1985 in a trade that benefited both teams. The Royals filled their left field spot, where they had lacked an everyday player since the departure of Amos Otis two years earlier. Meanwhile, in St. Louis, Vince Coleman stepped into Smith's spot and became the Rookie of the Year. Smith's past met his present following the regular season, when he hit .333 in the 1985 World Series to lead the Royals to a seven-game upset of the favored Cardinals. Smith went on to have his best season in three years in 1986, but saw his playing time reduced during the 1987 season.
Career crisis and move to Atlanta
Following the 1987 season, Smith had trouble finding a new team to play for and came to believe that Royals general manager John Schuerholz had blackballed him to other clubs. Depressed and high on marijuana by his own account, he considered killing Schuerholz and even purchased a gun for that purpose, but thought better of the idea. In March of 1988, the Atlanta Braves offered him a contract and he made the team, eventually batting .237 in limited action that season. But the next year, he won a starting job in the Braves' outfield and had one of his best years ever, batting .315 with a career-high 21 home runs and leading the league with a .415 on-base percentage. He finished 11th in the MVP voting and won the MLB Comeback Player of the Year Award although the Braves had a poor season, losing 97 games. He continued to be a regular in each of the next two seasons, batting .305 in 1990 and .275 in 1991, when he helped the Braves win the pennant.
1991 World Series
Smith is remembered by many for a baserunning blunder late in Game Seven of the 1991 World Series against the Minnesota Twins. Smith was on first base with no outs in the eighth inning of a scoreless game when Terry Pendleton lined a double to left field. It appeared that Smith would be able to score on the play but, as he was rounding second base, he stopped and stumbled. Smith maintains that he lost sight of the ball in the Metrodome roof but television replays showed that Twins second baseman Chuck Knoblauch deceived Smith by appearing to take the throw from the outfield. Regardless of the cause, Smith only reached third base and was left on base by Twins pitcher Jack Morris. The Twins went on to win 1-0 in ten innings to clinch Minnesota's second world championship.
End of career and afterward
Smith remained with the Braves through the 1992 season and then played two more seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles, serving mostly as a pinch-hitter. He played his final game on August 10, 1994.
After retirement, Smith remarried and returned to Atlanta, where he currently resides with his wife and three children. He briefly re-entered the national spotlight in 2006, when he told a Columbia, South Carolina newspaper about his plan to kill Schuerholz eighteen years prior.
Accomplishments and Notes
•Smith is the only player to be a member of three different World Series championship teams (Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Kansas City) within a single decade, having done so in a six-year period.
•He set a franchise record for the St. Louis Cardinals on September 4, 1982 when he stole five bases in a single game.
•In the 1991 World Series he hit home runs in three straight games (3 through 5) for the Braves against the Minnesota Twins.
•In Game Five of the 1992 World Series he hit a grand slam home run for the Braves against the Toronto Blue Jays.
•He was given the nickname "Skates" due to his awkward footwork while playing in the outfield. Baseball historian Bill James wrote about this at length, stating that Smith should have had a post-retirement career teaching "defensive recovery and cost containment," as he was exceptional at recovering from defensive blunders.
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