George Smith (smithge03)

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George Selby Smith

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Biographical Information[edit]

George Smith pitched 132 games in the majors between 1926 and 1930, mostly for the Detroit Tigers. The year prior to joining the Tigers, George went 17-5 for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1925. The young Charlie Gehringer was a teammate there and both became full-time major leaguers in 1926. Smith was almost exclusively a reliever in the majors, starting only seven games in his big league career. As a hitter he was decent, with a .264 batting average.

Smith was born in Louisville, KY in 1901, the same year that Mahlon Higbee was also born in the same city.

After his major league days he pitched for a few more seasons in the minors. In 1932 he was 16-16 with Knoxville.

He is not to be confused with a couple other major leaguers of the same name, one of whom was also a pitcher.

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