Red Smith (smithre03)

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Willard Jehu Smith

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 165 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Red Smith was a catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1917 and 1918. He was listed for many years as having died in Indiana in 1972, but this was another man, named J. Walter Smith. The ballplayer Willard J. Smith had in fact died in Florida two years earlier.

This is Willard "Red" Smith, not to be confused with James Carlisle "Red" Smith, his contemporary, and two somewhat later players, Marvin Harold "Red" Smith and Richard Paul "Red" Smith, also a catcher.

He had a good year in 1923 with the Toledo Mud Hens at age 31, hitting .335, albeit without much power. The 24-year-old Bill Terry hit .377 and the 17-year-old Freddie Lindstrom hit .270.

Further Reading[edit]

  • "Red Smith", in Bill Carle, ed.: Biographical Research Committee Report, SABR, September/October 2011, p. 1.

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