St. Louis, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Osborne "Ozzie" Smith
St. Louis, N.L., 1982-1996
Revolutionized defensive play at shortstop with his acrobatic fielding and artistic turning of double plays. The 13-time Gold Glove winner set six major league fielding records among shortstops, including most assists, double plays and chances accepted. As an offensive catalyst, he accumulated 2,460 hits and stole 580 bases. Named to 15 All-Star teams, his relentless pursuit of perfection helped lead the Cardinals to three World Series, including a 1982 championship. His congenial personality, consummate professionalism and trademark back flip made "The Wizard" a fan favorite.
Unveiled August 11, 2002
This statue shows Oz in one of his "patented" dives... known throughout baseball as "The Wizard" for being one of the best fielding shortstops of all time... redefined the position in his nearly two decades at work at one of the game's more demanding positions... 580 stolen bases... 2460 hits... his "Go Crazy Folks" home run beat Dodgers in 1985 NLCS.
Topics. This historical marker African Americans • Sports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1982.
Location. 38° 37.422′ N, 90° 11.631′ W. Marker is in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker is at the intersection of South 8th Street and Clark Avenue, on the right when traveling north on South 8th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 700 Clark Avenue, Saint Louis MO 63102, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stanley Frank Musial (here, next to this marker); Jay Hanna (Dizzy) Dean (here, next to this marker); Enos Bradsher Slaughter (here, next to this marker); Albert Fred Schoendienst (here, next to this marker); Louis Clark Brock (a few steps from this marker); Robert Gibson (a few steps from this marker); James Thomas Bell (a few steps from this marker); George Harold Sisler (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Louis.
Additional keywords. baseball, Major League Baseball
Credits. This page was last revised on January 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 3, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 87 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 3, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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