Day: January 6, 2017

2004 — Lee Arthur Smith put himself to sleep, then hitters

Lee Arthur Smith put himself to sleep, then hitters - This CBM vintage baseball podcast features 2004 interview with all-time closer Lee Arthur Smith.

Lee Smith in his Cubs prime in 1985. Photo credit Terren Peterson.

By on January 6, 2017

The Chicago Baseball Museum is presenting classic interviews from the archives of CBM historian George Castle’s “Diamond Gems” syndicated weekly baseball radio show, which aired from 1994 to 2010.

This edition features a 2004 interview with all-time closer Lee Arthur Smith. Among the other subjects covered as Smitty talked about the art of working the ninth (and the eighth back in the 1980s) was his proclivity for a quick nap in the trainer’s room in mid-game. As long as he was awake and refreshed when summoned, managers did not care. The Chicago Baseball Museum heartily endorses Smitty’s candidacy for the Hall of Fame after 478 career saves, including 180 with the Cubs at the start of his career.

“The Diamond Gems Flashback” also features photos of the interviewees from the one-of-a-kind Leo Bauby Photo Collection, emphasizing Chicago baseball. Many photos are available to the general public directly on Ebay via seller name Soxphotos soxphotos | eBay.

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