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By Tom Keegan and Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer | July 27, 1994
Lonnie Smith, major-league baseball's human good-luck charm, has been to the World Series five times with a record four different organizations.He went there with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1980, St. Louis Cardinals in 1982, Kansas City Royals in 1985 and Atlanta Braves in 1991 and 1992.If anyone knows how to cope with the excess of baseball's biggest event, it's Lonnie Smith, the game's oldest pinch runner at the age of 38.What should his Orioles teammates who never have made it to the postseason expect if the Orioles reach the playoffs this season?
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May 4, 2002
Lonnie Smith Jr., a Baltimore graphic artist who established a communications and advertising company, died Sunday of multiple myeloma at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 43. A resident of Chase, Mr. Smith was born in Washington and raised in Middle River. He was a 1978 graduate of Overlea High School and earned his bachelor's degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He had worked in Baltimore for B.G. Green Co., Reproduction Specialties and Hewlett-Packard Co., before founding Smith Communications and Advertising.
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By Tom Keegan and Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer | August 13, 1994
Lonnie Smith cleaned out his locker after Thursday night's rainout fully aware that he might never again have an opportunity to hang his clothes in a major-league clubhouse.It's conceivable the strike ended Smith's career, one in which he played for a record four different teams in five World Series."I've thought about that possibility many a time," said Smith, who said he wants to play baseball next season provided he doesn't ride the bench as much as he did for the Orioles this season.Even if the strike is settled, Smith said, he realizes the Orioles might not have a roster spot for him.not like I've done a great deal to help this club," he said.
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August 19, 1994
The salary per year and amount lost per canceled game for Orioles players:Player .. .. .. .. .. ..Salary .. .. .. .. ..DailyCal Ripken .. .. .. ...4,800,000 .. .. .. ..26,230Rafael Palmeiro .. .. .3,500,000 .. .. .. ..19,126Mike Devereaux .. .. ..3,375,000 .. .. .. ..18,443Brady Anderson .. .. ..3,000,000 .. .. .. ..16,393Sid Fernandez .. .. ...3,000,000 .. .. .. ..16,393Ben McDonald .. .. .. .2,675,000 .. .. .. ..14,617Chris Hoiles .. .. .. .2,000,000 .....
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By Tom Keegan and Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer | July 23, 1994
OAKLAND, Calif. -- He still lives in Columbia. He still earns a living playing baseball. He still is a utility player.Not much has changed for Jack Voigt, really. Not much except that until yesterday morning he was in the major leagues and now he's in the Eastern League.The Orioles optioned Voigt to Double-A Bowie yesterday, the same day they told Lonnie Smith his left knee had recovered. Voigt was optioned to make room for Smith, who spent three weeks on the disabled list with what was called a strained left knee.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Sun Staff Writer | July 2, 1994
The Orioles had a bit of a dilemma yesterday. Mike Devereaux was ready to come off the disabled list, fresh from a right hamstring pull, but there didn't appear to be any roster spots available.But, in a development that is strangely fortuitous, Lonnie Smith came down with a strained left knee that forced him onto the 15-day disabled list, clearing a place for Devereaux."It comes and goes. Some days are good and some days aren't," said Smith. "I'm sure I'll be OK. If I don't get any older, I'll be all right."
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By Tom Keegan and Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer | March 29, 1994
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Orioles removed what little doubt Lonnie Smith had about his status by purchasing the veteran's contract from Triple-A Rochester yesterday.Smith, 38, will open the season as the oldest player on the Orioles' 25-man roster and will be used primarily as a designated hitter against left-handed pitching and as a pinch hitter and pinch runner."I was confident in myself, but I wasn't completely confident in making the club," said Smith, whose spring average dropped from .324 to .286 in an 0-for-5 outing yesterday.
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May 4, 2002
Lonnie Smith Jr., a Baltimore graphic artist who established a communications and advertising company, died Sunday of multiple myeloma at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 43. A resident of Chase, Mr. Smith was born in Washington and raised in Middle River. He was a 1978 graduate of Overlea High School and earned his bachelor's degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He had worked in Baltimore for B.G. Green Co., Reproduction Specialties and Hewlett-Packard Co., before founding Smith Communications and Advertising.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Writer | February 5, 1994
The Orioles added another veteran player yesterday, signing outfielder Lonnie Smith to a minor-league contract and inviting him to spring training.Smith, 38, spent the final month of the 1993 season with the Orioles after he was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor-leaguers Terry Ferrar and Stanton Cameron. He hit .208 with two home runs in 24 at-bats, then became a free agent when the club did not offer arbitration in early November."This gives us a little more depth and gives him a chance to continue his career," general manager Roland Hemond said.
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By Rich Scherr and Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer | February 2, 1993
Lonnie Smith of the Laurel Boys and Girls Club continued his quest for a national super heavyweight boxing title last weekend at Sugar Ray Leonard's boxing facility in Palmer Park.Smith, a resident of Maryland City and a junior at Towson State University, defeated Levon Seagers of Palmer Park in a three-round unanimous decision to advance to the Potomac Valley regional championships this weekend at Fort Eustis in Hampton, Va.The 216-pounder thoroughly outboxed his opponent, keeping him off balance with numerous hard punches and sending him to the canvas in the second round.
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By Tom Keegan and Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer | August 13, 1994
Lonnie Smith cleaned out his locker after Thursday night's rainout fully aware that he might never again have an opportunity to hang his clothes in a major-league clubhouse.It's conceivable the strike ended Smith's career, one in which he played for a record four different teams in five World Series."I've thought about that possibility many a time," said Smith, who said he wants to play baseball next season provided he doesn't ride the bench as much as he did for the Orioles this season.Even if the strike is settled, Smith said, he realizes the Orioles might not have a roster spot for him.not like I've done a great deal to help this club," he said.
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By Tom Keegan and Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer | August 7, 1994
MILWAUKEE -- For Lee Arthur Smith, 23-year-old relief pitcher of the Chicago Cubs, the timing could not have been worse.It wasn't so much the reality that this could be his last paycheck for a while so much as it was the size of the paycheck.Ask Lee Smith what he remembers from the 51-day strike in 1981 and he does not hesitate."I was broke," he said. "I remember that."And he remembers why he was broke."I had borrowed money from the team to pay for my apartment, first and last month's rent and all that," Smith said.
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By Tom Keegan and Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer | July 27, 1994
Lonnie Smith, major-league baseball's human good-luck charm, has been to the World Series five times with a record four different organizations.He went there with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1980, St. Louis Cardinals in 1982, Kansas City Royals in 1985 and Atlanta Braves in 1991 and 1992.If anyone knows how to cope with the excess of baseball's biggest event, it's Lonnie Smith, the game's oldest pinch runner at the age of 38.What should his Orioles teammates who never have made it to the postseason expect if the Orioles reach the playoffs this season?
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By Tom Keegan and Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer | July 23, 1994
OAKLAND, Calif. -- He still lives in Columbia. He still earns a living playing baseball. He still is a utility player.Not much has changed for Jack Voigt, really. Not much except that until yesterday morning he was in the major leagues and now he's in the Eastern League.The Orioles optioned Voigt to Double-A Bowie yesterday, the same day they told Lonnie Smith his left knee had recovered. Voigt was optioned to make room for Smith, who spent three weeks on the disabled list with what was called a strained left knee.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Sun Staff Writer | July 2, 1994
The Orioles had a bit of a dilemma yesterday. Mike Devereaux was ready to come off the disabled list, fresh from a right hamstring pull, but there didn't appear to be any roster spots available.But, in a development that is strangely fortuitous, Lonnie Smith came down with a strained left knee that forced him onto the 15-day disabled list, clearing a place for Devereaux."It comes and goes. Some days are good and some days aren't," said Smith. "I'm sure I'll be OK. If I don't get any older, I'll be all right."
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By Tom Keegan and Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer | June 27, 1994
TORONTO -- The two-time defending world champion Toronto Blue Jays already had ample reason to feel lower than a loan shark.Then a bizarre ninth-inning play intensified their hopelessness, stoked their fires of embarrassment, and ultimately left their manager, Cito Gaston, holed up in his office, the door closed.The Orioles scored three runs without the aid of a hit or an RBI on the play, the final kick to the teeth for the reeling Blue Jays.More on the play later, after a review of why the last-place Blue Jays already had reason to wish the strike went into effect two weeks ago.Mike Mussina (11-4, 2.67)
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Evening Sun Staff | October 25, 1991
ATLANTA -- If this keeps up, Lonnie Smith is going to give a whole new meaning to the term "Mr. October."And a slew of teams will be lining up for his services in the twilight of a World Series career.Smith, who homered in his third straight game as the Atlanta Braves took a 3-2 lead over the Minnesota Twins with a 14-5 win last night, is one victory away from a unique ring collection. If the Braves can win one more game, Smith will get his fourth World Series championship ring -- all with different teams.
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By TOM KEEGAN | April 10, 1994
Orioles reserve outfielder Lonnie Smith, 11 years removed from a midseason stay in a drug rehabilitation center, remembers the words of a professional."
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By Tom Keegan and Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer Jon Morgan contributed to this article | June 14, 1994
Lonnie Smith will make his first start in 3 1/2 weeks today. He won't have to psyche himself up to come to the park, but it isn't always that way."Some days I come here feeling good," Smith said. "Other days I pretty much don't even want to be here, but there's nothing I can do about it."Nothing but complain or retire and neither option appeals to Smith, who has started just eight games and is hitting .143 in 35 at-bats. "I've thought about retiring a number of times, but my wife always convinces me to stick with it," he said.
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By TOM KEEGAN | April 10, 1994
Orioles reserve outfielder Lonnie Smith, 11 years removed from a midseason stay in a drug rehabilitation center, remembers the words of a professional."
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