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Monday, May 1, 2017

Willie Smith Opening Day 1969

Opening day on April 8, 1969, Willie Smith delivered a two-run home run off the Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Randy Lersch in the 11th giving the Chicago Cubs a 7-6 win. It sparked the Cubs to an 11-1 start on the season.

Smith broke in with the Detroit Tigers as a pitching prospect, and before converting to the outfield he compiled a record 2-4 with a 3.10 ERA. He finished his career with a batting line of .248/.295/.395 with 46 home runs and 211 RBI.

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