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‘Pop’ Smith entering Hall


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Charles (Pop) Smith

One of the best Nova Scotians ever to play Major League baseball, Charles (Pop) Smith of Digby, will be inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame this fall.

Born in Digby in 1856, Smith is ranked by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame as the finest Canadian-born second baseman ever to play in the major leagues. He played over 1,000 games with teams in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Buffalo, Worchester, Louisville, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Washington and Boston.

Along with being named the finest Canadian second baseman, he holds the records for most games ever played at second base by a Canadian.

Of all Canadians ever to play Major League baseball, Smith is ranked in the top 10 of games played (eighth), hits (eighth), runs scored (sixth), triples (fourth) and stolen bases (third). Among Nova Scotians ever to play in the Major Leagues, Smith is ranked first for every offensive category.

Smith died in 1927.

The induction awards ceremonies are scheduled for Oct. 19 in the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax.

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