Mark Smith (outfielder)
Mark Edward Smith (born May 7, 1970) is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, Florida Marlins, Montreal Expos, and Milwaukee Brewers. Smith also played for the Yakult Swallows of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), and the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO).
|Born: May 7, 1970|
|MLB: May 14, 1994, for the Baltimore Orioles|
|NPB: April 2, 1999, for the Yakult Swallows|
|KBO: April 2, 2005, for the Hanwha Eagles|
|NPB: October 16, 1999, for the Yakult Swallows|
|MLB: September 28, 2003, for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|KBO: May 18, 2005, for the Hanwha Eagles|
|Runs batted in||138|
|Runs batted in||55|
|Runs batted in||19|
Mark Smith played college baseball at the University of Southern California. In 1990, Smith played collegiate summer baseball for the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL). He batted .408 and led the Gatemen to the league title. Smith was named league MVP and was inducted into the CCBL hall of fame in 2011.
Mark Smith began his professional career with the Frederick Keys in 1991. His best minor league season was in 1992 with the Class AA Hagerstown Suns, where he was selected as an outfielder for the Eastern League End of Season All Star Team,
Smith played Major League Baseball between 1994 and 2003 for the Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, Florida Marlins, Montreal Expos and Milwaukee Brewers. In 1999, he played in Japan for the Yakult Swallows. In 2005, he played in South Korea for the Hanwha Eagles,but was released on the regular season.
What may be regarded as the most noteworthy of Smith's accomplishments on the baseball diamond occurred on July 12, 1997. Smith hit a 3-run home run off of John Hudek in the bottom of the 10th inning in a 0-0 game to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 3-0 win over the Houston Astros. The home run also ended the first extra-innings combined no-hitter in MLB history. Francisco Córdova no-hit the Astros in the first 9 innings, while reliever Ricardo Rincón pitched a hitless 10th inning for the Pirates.
Award for heroismEdit
- "Hall of Fame Inductees come full circle". capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
- "Mark Smith Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
- Sporting News description and assertion of first combined extra-innings no hitter Archived 2006-06-23 at the Wayback Machine; Box score via Baseball Reference
- NY Times article