Dwight Smith, Former Cubs and Braves Outfielder, Passes Away

The Atlanta Braves announced today that Dwight Smith passed away at the age of 58.

Smith played in the majors for 8 years, mostly for the Chicago Cubs and the Braves.

He burst onto the scene as a rookie in 1989, finishing second in the Rookie of the Year voting after hitting .324 and 9 home runs in 109 games.

His next best season in MLB was in 1993, when he hit .300/.355/.494 for the Cubs, a batting line 28% better than league average.

Smith was also a member of the 1995 Braves World Series team, hitting a pinch hit walk off grand slam against the Marlins in September of that season.

ATLANTA, GA – JULY 16: Dwight Smith #7 of the Atlanta Braves takes a swing during a baseball game against the Montreal Expos on July 16, 1996 at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Smith’s son, Dwight Smith, Jr. is also a baseball player, appearing in 122 career games with the Blue Jays and Orioles from 2017-2020.

The Braves also announced that his “infectious smile” will be missed at Truist Park.

Written by Ian Miller

Ian Miller is a former award watching high school actor, ice cream expert and long suffering Dodgers fan. He spends most of his time golfing, eating as much pizza as humanly possible, reading about World War I history, and trying to get the remote back from his dog. Follow him on Twitter.

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