One of Cal Poly's Legends
Famous baseball legend Osborne Earl Smith, also known as “Ozzie” or “The Wizard,” attended Cal Poly from 1974-1977. At Cal Poly he broke many school records including career at-bats (754), career stolen bases (110), and twice stole a school record 44 basis in a season. He was a four-year starter at shortstop and a three time All Conference Selection. Cal Poly's Most Valuable Player award has been named after him and his number three jersey has been retired. He is also a charter member of the Cal Poly Athletics Hall of Fame.
After graduating he went on to play for the San Diego Padres for three years and was then traded to play for the St. Louis Cardinals for fourteen years. He is recognized for his defense at shortstop and his artistic ability to turn double plays. Ozzie is a thirteen-time Gold Glove winner that has set six Major League fielding records including most assists, double plays, and chances accepted.
Ozzie is also an effective offensive player, he accumulated 2,460 hits, stole 580 bases and was named to 15 All-Star teams in 19 Major League seasons. He also helped lead the cardinals to three World Series, including the 1982 championship. His congenial personality, consummate professionalism and trademark back flips made him the favorite player among many baseball fans. In 1987, Ozzie was inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. On July 28, 2002, the Ozzie Smith plaza between Baggett Stadium and Bob Janssen Field, along with a statue of himself, was dedicated in his honor.
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