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Heinie Smith

Smith baseball card
Second baseman
Born: October 24, 1871(1871-10-24)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died: June 25, 1939 (aged 67)
Buffalo, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
September 8, 1897 for the Louisville Colonels
Last MLB appearance
August 16, 1903 for the Detroit Tigers
Career statistics
Batting average     .238
Hits     268
Stolen bases     54

As player

As manager

George Henry "Heinie" Smith (October 24, 1871 – June 25, 1939) was an American second baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Louisville Colonels (1897–1898), Pittsburgh Pirates (1899), New York Giants (1901–1902) and Detroit Tigers (1903). Smith batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.



In his best season in 1902, Smith hit .252 and posted career-highs in games (138), RBI (33), hits (129), doubles (19), runs (46), and stolen bases (32). Also during that year, Smith took over as interim manager of the New York Giants and recorded a 5–27 record before being replaced by John McGraw. Smith then returned to being a full-time player.

In his career, Smith posted a .238 batting average with three home runs and 91 runs batted in in 311 games played.

After Smith's career

Following his majors career, Smith played and managed in the International League for the Buffalo Bisons.

Smith died in Buffalo, New York at the age of 67.

Major League Heinie's

"Heinie" was a common nickname for German baseball players in the early part of the 20th Century. Smith was one of 22 Major League Heinie's in the first half of the 20th century. They include Heinie Manush, Heinie Groh, Heinie Zimmerman, Heinie Beckendorf and Heinie Schuble. In the 60-plus years since the end of World War II, there has not been a single Heinie in Major League Baseball.

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