Statitudes Statitudes

  Posted: Tuesday January 08, 2002 3:21 AM
Updated: Wednesday January 09, 2002 5:47 PM

1 -- World Series rings won by Ozzie Smith, who helped the St. Louis Cardinals win the 1982 championship. Ozzie Smith
Ozzie Smith had Cardinals fans going crazy in the 1985 NLCS.
2 -- Smith's highest finish in NL MVP voting , with 193 points in 1987. Andre Dawson won the award with 269 points.
6 -- No. 1 jersey numbers retired in the major leagues, including Smith, Bobby Doerr (Red Sox), Fred Hutchinson (Reds), Pee Wee Reese (Dodgers), Billy Martin (Yankees) and Richie Ashburn (Phillies).
7 -- Years in which Ozzie Smith led NL shortstops in fielding percentage, a league record. Smith's .978 career fielding percentage ranks sixth all-time among shortstops behind Omar Vizquel, Mike Bordick, Larry Bowa, Tony Fernandez and Cal Ripken.
8 -- Years in which the Wizard led the league in assists and total chances, both career records for shortstops.
9 -- Seasons batting .270 or higher. Ozzie hit .231 for the Padres in 2,236 at-bats and .272 for the Cardinals in 7,160 at-bats.
13 -- Consecutive Gold Glove awards won by Ozzie Smith between 1980-1992. Only Jim Kaat (16) and Brooks Robinson (16) received more Gold Gloves.
15 -- All-Star selections for the Wizard, including 12 consecutively from 1981-92. All told, Smith garnered 27,597,904 votes in fan balloting, which remains an National League record.
68 -- Games played by Smith in the minor leagues. Ozzie hit .303 and stole 30 bases for the Walla Walla Padres of the Class-A Northwest League in the summer of 1977.
83 -- Players selected ahead of Ozzie Smith in the 1977 Amateur Draft. Six shortstops were taken in the first round, including Paul Molitor and Wally Backman.
580 -- Stolen bases in 728 sttempts for Ozzie. He's 20th on the career list and his 79.7 percent success rate ranks 17th. Ozzie swiped at least 30 bases 11 times and topped 40 steals five times.
1,590 -- Double plays turned by the Wizard, a record for shortstops. He led the league five times.
2,509 -- Games played at shortstop: 72 fewer than Luis Aparicio and 207 more than Cal Ripken.
3,009 -- Left-handed at-bats without a home run before Ozzie's game-winning blast against the Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1985 NLCS.
8,375 -- Assists registered by Smith, the most among shortstops. His 621 assists in 1980 remains the single-season record.
12,624 -- Chances accepted at shortstop, the most in history.
$2,175,000 -- Average salary in the four-year contract that made him baseball's highest-paid player in 1985.