Ozzie Smith to Receive 2014 Living Legend Award from LSMF
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory will honor Baseball Hall of Famer and St. Louis Cardinals great, Ozzie Smith, with its 2014 Living Legend Award on Friday, November 14th. Smith will be recognized during a special ceremony that kicks-off the 11th Annual Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Auction.
“Ozzie Smith was such a dynamic player, and everything he does to give back makes us truly proud to have him as a part of the Louisville Slugger family,” said Anne Jewell, Vice President and Executive Director of Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. “The Living Legend Award was created to honor a player who exemplifies greatness both on and off the field, and Ozzie is definitely a terrific representative on both fronts.”
Nicknamed “The Wizard” for his defensive prowess, Smith began his professional career in 1977, the same year he signed with Louisville Slugger. He broke into the majors with the San Diego Padres in 1978, but spent the majority of his storied career, from 1982—1996 with the Cardinals.
A 13-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner, Smith set major league records for assists and double plays by a shortstop. He was named to 15 All-Star teams, and helped lead the Cardinals to three National League pennants and a World Series title in 1982.
Smith collected 2,460 hits throughout his 19 seasons. He was named a 1987 Silver Slugger award winner, a year in which he had a career-high 182 hits and a .303 batting average.
Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002, Smith was also an inductee of the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum for the inaugural 2014 class. The Cardinals retired his number immediately following his retirement in 1996.
Outside of baseball, Smith participates in many charitable endeavors to benefit children. He has spent countless hours assisting various charities in the St. Louis area, including the American Heart Association and the St. Louis Effort for Aids Dining out for Life program. Currently, Smith serves as President of the Gateway PGA REACH Foundation, an organization that reaches out to inner city youth via mentoring and golf programs.
“I am deeply honored to receive the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Living Legend Award,” said Smith. “I swung Louisville Slugger throughout my career, and they were an integral part of my overall career success. To be honored in such a way, and with such other great previous recipients, means a lot to me. Louisville Slugger’s support of the Gateway PGA REACH Foundation is very much appreciated.”
One of the Louisville Slugger models used by Smith was the R161. Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory has produced a limited edition R161 model collector bat for this special occasion. In addition to Smith’s signature, the red bat features career facts on the back barrel. Only 100 signed bats are available. The cost is $299.99 per bat, which includes two tickets to the invitation-only Living Legend celebration. For more information or to purchase a bat, please call 502-588-7286 or email email@example.com.
Past recipients of Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory’s Living Legend Award are: Cal Ripken, Jr. (2013), Tony Gwynn (2012), Johnny Bench (2011), Ernie Banks (2010), Hank Aaron (2009), Frank Robinson (2008) and Ken Griffey, Jr. (2007).