Ozzie Smith, known throughout baseball as "The Wizard" for being arguably the best fielding shortstop of all time, redefined the position in his nearly two decades of work at one of the game's most demanding positions.
He enjoyed a brilliant college career at Cal Poly; he was a four-year starter and All-American athlete. Ozzie currently holds school records for career stolen bases (110), stolen bases in a season (44) and career at bats (754). He took over as shortstop midway through his freshman season in 1974.
After his junior year at Cal Poly, the Detroit Tigers selected Ozzie in the seventh round of the 1976 free-agent draft; he did not sign and returned for his senior year. Ozzie twice earned All-California Collegiate Athletic Association first-team honors.
In 1977, after leading Cal Poly to a school record 41 victories and a birth in the NCAA Division II championship tournament, Ozzie was drafted by the San Diego Padres. After four years with the Padres, Ozzie spent 15 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals.
During his 19-year career, he was a 15-time All-Star and won 13 consecutive Gold Gloves. he holds National League records for fielding percentage(7). In 1996 the Cardinals retired his jersey.
In 2002 he was the sole
inductee into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. Ozzie Smith
Plaza at the Cal Poly Sports Complez was named in his honor in