Wednesday, June 8, 2016

MISSING IN ACTION- 1976 BILLY SMITH

Here’s a “missing” 1976 card for a guy I always remember as a Baltimore Oriole, infielder Billy Smith:


Turns out Smith came up as a California Angel and appeared in 59 games for them during the 1975 season.
In that time he batted .203 with 29 hits over 143 at-bats, getting his first taste of Major League ball which would last for another five seasons, ending with a few dozen games with the San Francisco Giants in 1981.
In between he saw the most action as a pro with the Orioles between 1977 and 1979, playing both second and shortstop playing about half a seasons worth of games each year.
For his career, he ended up with a .230 batting average with 234 hits over 1018 at-bats in 370 games, scoring 107 runs while driving 111 runs.

2 comments:

  1. Billy Smith was an outstanding utility guy with the Baltimore Orioles during the late 1970's. He was a great pick up for a then small market team.

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  2. You've created a new Billy Smith rookie card -- on his original team, no less. The actual version put out by Topps came out two years later in 1978. Cool!

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