Former Braves, Cubs OF Dwight Smith dies at 58

ATLANTA (AP) — Dwight Smith, NL Rookie of the Year finalist who played on Atlanta’s 1995 World Series-winning team, died Friday, the Braves announced. He was 58 years old.

The Braves said the former outfielder and pinch shot specialist died of congestive heart and lung failure. He lived in the suburb of Peachtree City, about 30 miles south of Atlanta.

Smith played in the major leagues for eight years, starting with the Chicago Cubs, splitting a season between the Angels and Baltimore Orioles before joining the Braves for his final two seasons.

His son, Dwight Jr., also spent time in the majors, most recently with Baltimore in 2020.

The elder Smith mostly served as a hitter with the Braves in 1995, hitting .252 with three home runs and 21 RBIs in 103 games.

Atlanta beat Cleveland in six games to win the World Series. with Smith appearing three times as a pincher. It went 1 for 2 with a walk.

In a report, the Braves called Smith “a full member” of their first Atlanta championship team.

“Dwight was also a beloved former member, and his infectious smile will be missed around Truist Park,” the team added.

Smith played one more season with the Braves to end his career. He batted just .203 with three home runs and 16 RBIs in 101 games. He did not appear in the playoffs as Atlanta again reached the World Series, losing to the New York Yankees.

Smith had his best season as a rookie with the Cubs in 1989, batting .324 with nine home runs and 52 RBIs to help Chicago win the NL East. He was a runner-up to teammate Jerome Walton for Rookie of the Year.

“We are saddened to learn of the passing of Dwight Smith and extend our condolences to you,” the cubs tweeted.

After five seasons with the Cubs, Smith signed with the Angels as a free agent in 1994. He was traded to Baltimore during the strike-shortened season, then joined the Braves the following year.

Smith is survived by his wife Cheryl, Dwight Jr. and his daughters Taylor and Shannyn.

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