Pitcher Ron Smith Died in 2004
Dick Beverage just learned that pitcher Ron Smith died in 2004 in Arizona. Not much was known about this pitcher, and in fact Dick's obit in the PCL Potourri thought that Smith had jumped from the semipros to the Coast League, which I learned he didn't. When I put together Ron Smith's career record yesterday, I couldn't find anything for him in the guide for 1948 and 1949. I am also missing a string of Minor League Digests for that period, and was only able to pick him up in the 1950s MLDs, so I listed him as "voluntarily retired," but he may have been injured, etc. Any more information would be appriciated. Thanks.