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Dwight Smith, 1995 Braves World Series champion, dies at 58

Dwight Smith #7 of the Atlanta Braves takes a swing during a baseball game against the Montreal Expos on July 16, 1996 at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) ATLANTA - Former Atlanta Braves outfield John Dwight Smith Sr., who helped his team clinch the 1995 World Series has died.

He was 58.Smith, a Tallahassee native, began his Major League Baseball career in Chicago with the Cubs. He would go on to hit .324, getting 111 hits, a career high, in his rookie year.

He went 3-for-15 in the 1989 NL Championship Series, but would lose to the San Francisco Giants.He would end up as the NL Rookie of the Year runner-up behind fellow teammate Jerome Walton.Smith would be traded to the California Angels and Baltimore Orioles in 1994 before joining the Atlanta Braves the following season during their World Series season.In a statement issued Wednesday, the Atlanta Braves wrote:"We are saddened by the passing earlier today of Dwight Smith, an integral member of our 1995 World Series Championship team."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. Dwight was also a beloved alumni member, and his infectious smile will be missed around Truist Park."Our deepest condolences to his wife Cheryl, daughters Taylor and Shannyn, and son Dwight, Jr."Smith’s son, a Peachtree City native, has followed in his father’s footsteps having played the MLB for several years.Services for Smith have not been announced.

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