Ozzie Smith is the featured entry on Wikipedia.org today.

17
Nov
2010

Our dedicated readers know we love us a healthy dosage of Wikipedia.  After all, there is no source more reliable than a public forum where anyone can edit anything.  Everyday, Wikipedia pulls an entry from their expansive archive and features it on their homepage.  Most of the time, it’s relevant to current news.  Other times, not so much.

Case in point: Ozzie Smith.

That’s right, the Wizard is Wikipedia’s featured entry today.

We have no idea why this happened, but we’re glad that those 80′s red satin jackets are finally getting the front page attention that they deserve.  Speaking of which, “red satin jacket” has no Wikipedia entry.  That’s damn near criminal.

You know what else is criminal?  Being at a trivia contest…being the de facto “sports guy” at your table…and not knowing simple Ozzie Smith trivia.  Thus, we’ll recap some of Ozzie’s most obscure factoids, courtesy of his Wikipedia page.

  • Ozzie’s real name is “Osborne Earl Smith”.
  • He was originally drafted by the Detroit Tiger, but he wanted a $10,000 signing bonus. The Tigers offered $8,500 and he declined their offer.
  • In his rookie season with the Padres (1978), Ozzie finished 2nd in NL Rookie of the Year voting to future-Cardinals 1B Bob Horner.
  • Ozzie met his first wife Denise when the Padres traveled to Houston.  She working as an usher at The Astrodome.
  • Ozzie won his first Gold Glove in 1980….and 13 consecutive ones after that.
  • Arizona’s “Yuma Daily Sun” newspaper coined the nickname “The Wizard” in a March 1981 feature article about Smith.
  • He was elected to a total of 15 NL All Star teams – starting in 1981 and ending in 1996.
  • Ozzie announced his retirement at a press conference at Busch Stadium on June 19, 1996.
  • Smith holds the record for the most MLB at-bats without hitting a grand slam.
  • Ozzie served as a torchbearer during the 2020 Winter Olympics ceremony with Kurt Warner.

And finally…

As featured prominently in the 1987′s “Heck of a Year” Cardinals video, Ozzie was the one that poured milk on Vince Coleman’s head.  If you ever encounter a trivia night that actually asks you this question, inform the powers that be at the “Guinness Book of World Records” because you’re at the greatest trivia contest of all time.

Greatest.  Ever.

(HT: @ropperman)

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