The year of 2021 has not been the best for professional athletes. This especially holds true for Major League Baseball.
This particular death is being reported a little bit late as it somehow slipped through the cracks, but nonetheless it should be reported on. Back in early April, former Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Braves pitcher Jack Smith passed away at the age of 85.
The native of Pikeville, Kentucky, was a right-handed pitcher who worked in 34 Major League Baseball (MLB) games (all in relief) for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Braves between 1962 and 1964.
In 34 MLB games and 491⁄3 innings pitched, he allowed 48 hits and 17 bases on balls. He split four decisions with a career ERA of 4.56, struck out 31 and was credited with one save. Following his retirement from baseball, Smith became a barber in the Atlanta, Georgia area, first in downtown Atlanta and later near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport before retiring in 2016.
In other Los Angeles Dodgers news, pitcher Clayton Akers has discussed his customized cleats and talks a little bit about the Philadelphia Phillies. Check out the video below to learn more!