Mike Smith

  • Card series: Pioneer Portraits II: 1875-1899
  • City: Pittsburgh
  • Team: Pirates
  • League: National League

Elmer Ellsworth “Mike” Smith (1868-1945) pitched well enough to lead the AA in ERA in 1887 for Cincinnati, but after 3 years on the mound his bat dictated a shift to the outfield. Traded to the Pirates in ’92, Smith was an impact player, hitting 136 triples and 37 HRs over his 14-year career. His three-baggers tied Babe Ruth’s lifetime total.

  • His remarkable but brief pitching record included 122 CG in 136 starts with 9 shut-outs
  • In his great ’87 season, Smith started 52 games, completed 49 and went 34-17

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