Mansfield's Famous Southpaw

Mansfield's Famous Southpaw (HM7X4)

Location: Mansfield, GA 30055 Newton County
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N 33° 30.996', W 83° 44.022'

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Sherrod Malone Smith (1891-1949) played 23 years of professional baseball including 14 seasons in the major leagues. Babe Ruth, another left-hander, saidthat he was, "the greatest pick-off artist who ever lived." He played in Pittsburgh, Brooklyn and Cleveland and in the 2,052 innings he pitched, onlytwo bases were stolen. Smith posted a 115/118 won/lost record in the majors with 21 saves, and a record of 67/39 in the minors. He pitched 30-1/3 innings in three World Series games with a 0.89 earned-run average. His career batting average was .233. In 1916, he pitched against Babe Ruth in a 14 inning World Series games in which Ruth failed to get a hit and struck out twice. Smith doubled once in his five trips against Ruth.

"Sherry" Smith was born in Monticello and played town ball in Mansfield, Madison, Elberton, and Newborn before turning pro in 1910. He managed the Macon Peaches in his last pro season in 1932. Smith served in the Army during World War I, and was the Chief of Police in Porterdale and Madison. Smith and his wife, Addilu (a native of Mansfield) are both buried in Mansfield. He was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in February, 1980.
HM NumberHM7X4
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number107-10
Year Placed1994
Placed ByGeorgia Department of Natural Resources
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Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 8:28am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 246089 N 3711905
Decimal Degrees33.51660000, -83.73370000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 30.996', W 83° 44.022'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 30' 59.76" N, 83° 44' 1.32" W
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Area Code(s)706, 770, 678
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 13 Kellogg St, Mansfield GA 30055, US
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