Samuel J. "Skyrocket" Smith
- April 26
) was a Major League Baseball first baseman
. He played for the Louisville Colonels
of the American Association
during the first half of the 1888 season (April 18-July 8). The 20-year-old rookie
stood 6'2" and weighed 170 lbs.
As the regular first baseman for 58 games Smith hit .239 (49-for-206), but 24 bases on balls
and 11 hit by pitches
(# 9 in the league) pushed his on base percentage
up to .349. He hit 1 home run
, had 31 runs batted in
, scored 27 runs
, and had five stolen bases
. He was average defensively for his era, with a fielding percentage
of .970. The Colonels had a record of 21-40 (.344) at the time of Smith's departure, and were 27-47 (.365) afterwards.
He died in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri at the age of 48.