Friday, March 22, 2019

#109T - Lonnie Smith

What a card: Lonnie Smith arrived with his third major league team when the Cardinals traded him to K.C. on May 17, 1985 for outfielder John Morris.

How'd that go: How it always went for Lonnie. He joined a new team and suddenly that team found itself in the World Series. The Royals won a World Series in 1985 and it marked the third time that Smith had won a Series in his first full season with a team (Phillies in 1980 and Cardinals in 1982).

Backatya: When Lonnie Smith confessed to Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog that he had a drug problem and needed help, not only did many of his teammates say they were surprised Smith had an issue (at least those who weren't Keith Hernandez and Joaquin Andujar who Smith testified had partook in drugs with him during the '82 World Series), but so did his wife, Pearl. She said she never noticed Smith using drugs at home.

Back-to-back: On his Traded card, Smith looks like he was just thrown out on the bases and is walking back to the dugout.

Smith's flagship card is No. 255 in the set and was originally blogged on Jan. 23, 2014.

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1 comment:

Commishbob said...

Well, that's an interesting fact. Maybe the Orioles could sign him for '19. He couldn't be any worse than Chris Davis. Leading the O's to a title this season would be the ultimate Year One challenge for Lonnie!