25 May 2014

germany smith - twice a bridegroom, never a dodger

[this is the sixtyninth installment in the double dippers posts.  here are the previous posts - brett butler, omar daaleric young, nick willhitechris gwynn, mickey hatcherdave anderson, don zimmerrafael landestoy, dave hansen, jose vizcaino, hideo nomo, greg maddux, mike madduxjon garland, chan ho parkvicente romogene mauch, denny lewallyn, von joshua, joe moellerdioner navarro, rudy seanez, bart shirleyrandy wolf, ismael valdes, bobby castillo, mike devereaux, pete richert, jay johnstone, jesse orosco, lee lacy, giovanni carrara, jeff weaverted sizemore,  orel hershisertom goodwinjoe fergusoneddie murraymatt lukeken mcmullen, tim wallach, jerry grotedon suttonralph branca, todd hundley, elmer dessensguillermo motajoe beckwithjamie hoffmannbabe hermanjoe medwickjuan castroron perranoskiclyde kingpaul wanerhughie jenningsron negray, broadway aleck smithgeorge smith, johnny cooney, jim faireyfrenchy bordagaraydoc casey, waite hoytluis olmoclyde sukeforthwillie keeler, and harry howell.]

germany smith, seen below on his 1990 target card
was a member of the brooklyn grays (later the bridegrooms) from 1885 through 1890.  the first five years of that stretch, the team was a member off the american association but in 1890 they graduated to the national league and smith was their shortstop.  unfortunately, he made like alfredo griifin and hit below .200 (.191 to be exact) that year.  despite a .276 average in the 1890 world series, he was no longer with the franchise in 1891, having moved on to cincinnati.

smith spent 6 seasons in cincinnati, hitting .300 in 1895 and .287 in 1896.  in 1897, smith returned to brooklyn and hit .201.  at least he was regarded as a good fielder, but i will think of him as another double dipper.

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