World Series champion outfielder Dwight Smith dead at 58

Baseball fans were left saddened late last week after it was reported that MLB World Series champion outfielder Dwight Smith passed away. 

According to Fox News, Smith died on Friday at the age of 58 in Peachtree City, Georgia due to congestive heart and lung failure.

“Infectious smile”

Smith played for the Atlanta Braves when they won the World Series in 1995 against the Cleveland Indians. The Braves put out a statement commemorating his time with the team.

“We are saddened by the passing earlier today of Dwight Smith, an integral member of our 1995 World Series championship team,” the Braves’ statement read.

“The 1989 NL Rookie of the Year runner-up, Dwight enjoyed an eight-year Major League career that included two postseason trips with the Cubs and Braves,” it continued.

“Dwight was also a beloved alumni member, and his infectious smile will be missed around Truist Park,” the statement stressed, adding, “Our deepest condolences to his wife Cheryl, daughters Tylor and Shannyn and son Dwight, Jr.”

Fox News noted that Smith batted .275 with a .755 OPS and 46 home runs over the course of his eight year professional baseball career.

Cubs praise Smith’s legacy

In addition to the 103 games that he played for the Braves, Smith also spent time with the Chicago Cubs, the California Angels, and the Baltimore Orioles.

The Cubs tweeted out an announcement as well, stating, “We are saddened to learn of the death of Dwight Smith and send our condolences.”

“Selected by the Cubs in the 1984 June Draft, Smith roamed the outfield for five seasons with Chicago, helping the 1989 club reach the postseason and finishing 2nd in NL Rookie of the Year voting,” it added.

Among those that Smith leaves behind is his 29-year-old son and fellow baseball player, Dwight Smith Jr., who has played for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles.

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