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signed by the Minnesota Twins, Reggie was acquired
by the Red Sox in 1963. He hit 149 home runs and
drove in 536 runs during his seven years
with Boston, both team records for a switch hitter. In 1968, he garnered
a Gold Glove Award as an outfielder, with 390 putouts, and in 1970, notched
an amazing fifteen outfield assists.
Reggie hit twenty or more doubles for nine straight seasons, twice leading the
American League. His 314 career home runs place him fourth on the switch-hitters
list. He appeared in seven All-Star games with the Red Sox, the Cardinals (1974-1976),
and Los Angeles (1976-1981). Reggie played in four World Series, winning in 1981.
After a one-year stint with the Giants in 1982, Reggie played two years in Japan
before retiring as a player. The Dodgers brought him back to be their Minor League
Coordinator. Later, Reggie became the Dodgers’ hitting instructor and first
base coach, before leaving the organization in 1998. Reggie was named the hitting
instructor of the United States baseball team for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
He coached the ragtag bunch of minor league players who stunned a heavily-favored
Cuban team in the Gold Medal game.
Billy Crystal asked Reggie to be the technical consultant on 61,* the film depicting
the 1961 home run race between Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. With precious little
time, Reggie trained the stars to literally become the M&M boys.
Today, Reggie Smith Baseball Centers consults with major league baseball organizations,
conducts youth baseball camps throughout the year, offers private and small-group
instruction for players of all levels, as well as trains and certifies coaches
for various amateur and school baseball leagues from around the world.