John Dwight Smith Sr. was an American professional baseball outfielder who played for the Chicago Cubs died at the age of 58.
Baseball outfielder Dwight Smith, who won a World Series as a member of the 1995 Atlanta Braves.
Smith began his professional career after being selected in the third round of the 1984 draft by the Chicago Cubs.
The Braves said the former outfielder and pinch-hitting specialist died of congestive heart and lung failure. He lived in suburban Peachtree City, about 30 miles south of Atlanta.
His son, Dwight Jr., has also spent time in majors, most recently with Baltimore in 2020.
The elder Smith served mostly as a pinch-hitter with the Braves in 1995, hitting .252 with three homers and 21 RBIs in 103 games.
Atlanta used Smith as a part-time player for two seasons. He posted a .225/.304/.349 slash line with six homers and 37 RBI in 204 regular-season games with the Braves.
Smith appeared in nine of Atlanta’s 14 postseason games in 1995. He went 3-for-7 as a pinch-hitter for manager Bobby Cox.
Dwight Smith Cause Of Death
A cause of death is not yet known and will be determined by the medical examiner. Police investigate her death cause.
“We are saddened to learn of the death of Dwight Smith and send our condolences,” the Cubs tweeted.
After five seasons with the Cubs, Smith signed with the Angels as a free agent in 1994. He was traded to Baltimore during the strike-shortened season, then moved on the Braves the following year