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Vinnie Smith

Vincent Ambrose Smith (December 7, 1915 – December 14, 1979) was an American Major League Baseball player and umpire from Richmond, Virginia. During his playing days, the 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m), 176 lb (80 kg) Smith threw and batted right-handed.

Vinnie Smith
Catcher / Umpire
Born:(1915-12-07)December 7, 1915
Richmond, Virginia
Died: December 14, 1979(1979-12-14) (aged 64)
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 10, 1941, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
April 27, 1946, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Batting average.259
Hits14
Runs batted in5
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Contents

Smith's playing career began at the Class D level of minor league baseball in 1938. He made his Major League debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 10, 1941, and appeared in nine games as a catcher. With the outbreak of World War II, he was drafted into the US Navy eventually serving in the Pacific Theater of Operations as a chief petty officer. During his war-time service from 1942 to 1945, he participated in several charity all-star games. After the war he returned to the Pirates in 1946 and played in seven additional games as a catcher.

In his 16 MLB games played, Smooth collected 14 hits, with one double; he had five runs batted in. Following 1946, he remained in minor league baseball as a catcher and player-manager through 1953.

In Smith's later playing days, he was introduced to the umpiring profession. "While in his final playing season in the minors, the umpires failed to show up for a game due to transportation issues. Players were forced to fill in, and Smith was placed behind the plate. He enjoyed it and stuck with it, and he eventually returned to the majors in that role in 1957." He began umpiring in the 1954 season in the California League working his way to become a National League umpire from 1957 to 1965. He was the home plate umpire on May 26, 1959, when Harvey Haddix threw 12 perfect innings against the Milwaukee Braves, but lost the game in the 13th inning.

Smith died in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on December 14, 1979.

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  2. "Vinnie Smith". baseballinwartime.com. RetrievedJune 13, 2016.
  3. "Vinnie Smith - BR Bullpen". baseball-reference.com. sports-reference.com. RetrievedJune 13, 2016.
  4. The Official Major League Baseball Fact Book. The Sporting News. 2002. p. 500. ISBN 0-89204-670-8.
  5. "May 26, 1959, Pirates at Braves Play by Play and Box Score". baseball-reference.com. sports-reference.com. May 26, 1959. RetrievedJune 13, 2016.

Vinnie Smith
Vinnie Smith Language Watch Edit Vincent Ambrose Smith December 7 1915 December 14 1979 was an American Major League Baseball player and umpire from Richmond Virginia 1 During his playing days the 6 ft 1 in 1 85 m 176 lb 80 kg Smith threw and batted right handed Vinnie SmithCatcher UmpireBorn 1915 12 07 December 7 1915 Richmond VirginiaDied December 14 1979 1979 12 14 aged 64 Virginia Beach VirginiaBatted RightThrew RightMLB debutSeptember 10 1941 for the Pittsburgh PiratesLast MLB appearanceApril 27 1946 for the Pittsburgh PiratesMLB statisticsBatting average 259Hits14Runs batted in5TeamsPittsburgh Pirates 1941 1946 Career highlights and awardsNational League umpire 1957 1965 Contents 1 Career 2 Death 3 References 4 External linksCareer EditSmith s playing career began at the Class D level of minor league baseball in 1938 He made his Major League debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 10 1941 and appeared in nine games as a catcher With the outbreak of World War II he was drafted into the US Navy eventually serving in the Pacific Theater of Operations as a chief petty officer 2 During his war time service from 1942 to 1945 he participated in several charity all star games 2 After the war he returned to the Pirates in 1946 and played in seven additional games as a catcher In his 16 MLB games played Smooth collected 14 hits with one double he had five runs batted in Following 1946 he remained in minor league baseball as a catcher and player manager through 1953 In Smith s later playing days he was introduced to the umpiring profession While in his final playing season in the minors the umpires failed to show up for a game due to transportation issues Players were forced to fill in and Smith was placed behind the plate He enjoyed it and stuck with it and he eventually returned to the majors in that role in 1957 3 He began umpiring in the 1954 season in the California League working his way to become a National League umpire from 1957 to 1965 2 He was the home plate umpire on May 26 1959 when Harvey Haddix threw 12 perfect innings against the Milwaukee Braves but lost the game in the 13th inning 4 5 Death EditSmith died in Virginia Beach Virginia on December 14 1979 References Edit the ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia Fourth Edition Sterling Publishing 2007 p 916 ISBN 978 1 4027 4771 7 a b c Vinnie Smith baseballinwartime com Retrieved June 13 2016 Vinnie Smith BR Bullpen baseball reference com sports reference com Retrieved June 13 2016 The Official Major League Baseball Fact Book The Sporting News 2002 p 500 ISBN 0 89204 670 8 May 26 1959 Pirates at Braves Play by Play and Box Score baseball reference com sports reference com May 26 1959 Retrieved June 13 2016 External links EditCareer statistics and player information from MLB or Baseball Reference or Baseball Reference Minors Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Vinnie Smith amp oldid 1013614209, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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