Ex-major leaguer, former Pirate Hal Smith dies in Arkansas


Hal Smith Topps (#242) (Courtesy Photo)

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) – Former major league baseball player Hal Smith of Fort Smith has died.
Edwards Funeral Home says Smith died Saturday at age 82. A cause of death was not released.
Smith was a native of Barling and signed with the St. Louis Cardinals as a catcher in 1949. He played for the Cardinals from 1956-61 and was named to three National League All-Star teams.
He later played briefly for Pittsburgh in 1965 before becoming a scout and coach for several teams.
Funeral services are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at East Side Baptist Church in Fort Smith.
Survivors include his wife and three children.


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