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Ozzie Smith

15-Time MLB All-Star & National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee; Former Shortstop for the San Diego Padres & St. Louis Cardinals

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 Ozzie Smith Biography

Ozzie Smith is an American former baseball shortstop who played in Major League Baseball for the San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals from 1978 to 1996. Since retirement from baseball Ozzie succeeded Mel Allen as host of "This Week in Baseball," was the color analyst for Cardinal broadcasts in 1997-1999, and served as the baseball analyst for CNNSI, a joint venture between CNN and Sports Illustrated from 1999 to 2002.

Nicknamed "The Wizard" for his defensive brilliance, Smith set major league records for career assists (8,375) and double plays (1,590) by a shortstop (the latter since broken by Omar Vizquel), as well as the National League record with 2,511 career games at the position; Smith won the NL Gold Glove Award for play at shortstop for 13 consecutive seasons (1980–92). A 15-time All-Star, he accumulated 2,460 hits and 580 stolen bases during his career, and won the NL Silver Slugger Award as the best-hitting shortstop in 1987. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2002. He was also elected to the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 2014.

Drafted as an amateur player by the Padres, Smith made his major league debut in 1978. He quickly established himself as an outstanding fielder, and later became known for performing backflips on special occasions while taking his position at the beginning of a game. Smith won his first Gold Glove Award in 1980, and made his first All-Star Game appearance in 1981. He was traded to the Cardinals for shortstop Garry Templeton in 1982.

Upon joining the Cardinals, Smith helped the team win the 1982 World Series. Three years later, his game-winning home run during Game 5 of the 1985 National League Championship Series prompted broadcaster Jack Buck's "Go crazy, folks!" play-by-play call. Despite a rotator cuff injury during the 1985 season, Smith posted career highs in multiple offensive categories in 1987. Smith continued to earn Gold Gloves and All-Star appearances on an annual basis until 1993. During 1995 season, Smith had shoulder surgery and was out nearly three months. Smith retired after the 1996 season's end and his uniform number (No. 1) was subsequently retired by the Cardinals.

Off the field, Ozzie is a great ambassador to baseball. He was the 1995 recipient of the Roberto Clemente award, the humanitarian award of Major League Baseball, the 1994 recipient of the Branch Rickey Award, honoring Major League Baseball's outstanding individual who personifies "Service Above Self." In 1992 he was named the St. Louis Man of the Year, an award previously given only to business and civic leaders. In 1983 he was given the NAACP Image Award for Sportsmanship, Humanitarianism, and Community Activities and in 1986 was named to the Father of the Year Honors Group by the National Fathers Day Committee. His charitable endeavors almost always benefit children, whether it be instructing inner city children in baseball, serving as chairman for fund raisers at area Boys Clubs, visiting sick children at local hospitals, or hosting underprivileged children when they visit his restaurant and the ballpark.

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Ozzie Smith

15-Time MLB All-Star & National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee; Former Shortstop for the San Diego Padres & St. Louis Cardinals

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Ozzie Smith Biography

Ozzie Smith is an American former baseball shortstop who played in Major League Baseball for the San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals from 1978 to 1996. Since retirement from baseball Ozzie succeeded Mel Allen as host of "This Week in Baseball," was the color analyst for Cardinal broadcasts in 1997-1999, and served as the baseball analyst for CNNSI, a joint venture between CNN and Sports Illustrated from 1999 to 2002.

Nicknamed "The Wizard" for his defensive brilliance, Smith set major league records for career assists (8,375) and double plays (1,590) by a shortstop (the latter since broken by Omar Vizquel), as well as the National League record with 2,511 career games at the position; Smith won the NL Gold Glove Award for play at shortstop for 13 consecutive seasons (1980–92). A 15-time All-Star, he accumulated 2,460 hits and 580 stolen bases during his career, and won the NL Silver Slugger Award as the best-hitting shortstop in 1987. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2002. He was also elected to the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 2014.

Drafted as an amateur player by the Padres, Smith made his major league debut in 1978. He quickly established himself as an outstanding fielder, and later became known for performing backflips on special occasions while taking his position at the beginning of a game. Smith won his first Gold Glove Award in 1980, and made his first All-Star Game appearance in 1981. He was traded to the Cardinals for shortstop Garry Templeton in 1982.

Upon joining the Cardinals, Smith helped the team win the 1982 World Series. Three years later, his game-winning home run during Game 5 of the 1985 National League Championship Series prompted broadcaster Jack Buck's "Go crazy, folks!" play-by-play call. Despite a rotator cuff injury during the 1985 season, Smith posted career highs in multiple offensive categories in 1987. Smith continued to earn Gold Gloves and All-Star appearances on an annual basis until 1993. During 1995 season, Smith had shoulder surgery and was out nearly three months. Smith retired after the 1996 season's end and his uniform number (No. 1) was subsequently retired by the Cardinals.

Off the field, Ozzie is a great ambassador to baseball. He was the 1995 recipient of the Roberto Clemente award, the humanitarian award of Major League Baseball, the 1994 recipient of the Branch Rickey Award, honoring Major League Baseball's outstanding individual who personifies "Service Above Self." In 1992 he was named the St. Louis Man of the Year, an award previously given only to business and civic leaders. In 1983 he was given the NAACP Image Award for Sportsmanship, Humanitarianism, and Community Activities and in 1986 was named to the Father of the Year Honors Group by the National Fathers Day Committee. His charitable endeavors almost always benefit children, whether it be instructing inner city children in baseball, serving as chairman for fund raisers at area Boys Clubs, visiting sick children at local hospitals, or hosting underprivileged children when they visit his restaurant and the ballpark.

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  • How much does it cost to book Ozzie Smith?

    Booking fees for Ozzie Smith, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ozzie Smith, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Ozzie Smith?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ozzie Smith for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ozzie Smith for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ozzie Smith or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ozzie Smith or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Ozzie Smith is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Ozzie Smith for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Ozzie Smith generally travels from St. Louis, MO, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Dave Winfield, Andre Dawson, Jim Palmer, Jim Morris and Jim Abbott. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ozzie Smith for an upcoming event.

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