The Atlanta Braves have revealed that legendary baseball player Dwight Smith died on Friday, July 22, 2022, at the age of 58. Dwight, who was born in Tallahassee, Fla., in November 1963, quickly progressed through the ranks to become a sought-after outfielder and pinch hitter.
Dwight set very high expectations for himself during his debut season with the Chicago Cubs, hitting.
Dwight had a successful career that spanned over a decade. In 1989, he helped the Chicago Cubs win the National League East. Because to his efforts, the Atlanta Braves won the World Series in 1995.
Dwight played for the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, and, later in his career, the California Angels and Baltimore Orioles between 1989 and 1996. Dwight played for the Mexico City Tigers, St. Paul Saints, and Rochester Red Wings after leaving the MLB.
The Braves hailed Smith “an vital part” of their first Atlanta championship squad in a statement.
“Dwight was also a well-liked alumni member, and his contagious grin will be missed throughout Truist Park,” the team stated.
Smith finished his career with the Braves for one more season. In 101 games, he batted.203 with three home runs and 16 RBIs. He did not play in the playoffs as Atlanta advanced to the World Series, where they were defeated by the New York Yankees.
Smith had his greatest season as a Cubs rookie in 1989, batting.324 with nine home runs and 52 RBIs to help Chicago win the NL East. He finished second in the rookie of the year voting behind teammate Jerome Walton.
“We are sorry to hear of Dwight Smith’s passing and extend our sympathies,” the Cubs tweeted.
Smith signed as a free agent with the Angels in 1994 after five seasons with the Cubs. During the strike-shortened season, he was dealt to Baltimore and then to the Braves the following year.
Smith is survived by his wife, Cheryl, and their two kids, Taylor and Shannyn.