Hilton Lee Smith Baseball Memorabilia Dedication Ceremony
Hilton Lee Smith, Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Negro Leagues
GIDDINGS, Texas, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The dedication of the Hilton Lee Smith Baseball Memorabilia Collection will take place during a ceremony with DeMorris Smith, son of Hilton Lee Smith, National League Hall of Fame Baseball Player, Negro Leagues.
Hilton Lee Smith was born in Giddings, Texas on February 27, 1907. He pitched for Prairie View A&M before joining the Austin Senators in 1931. In 1936 Smith signed with the Kansas City Monarchs, moving up to play against "top-tier" competition. He has been called the best pitcher in the Negro American League. He was a formidable hitter and he sometimes occupied the "clean-up" position in the lineup. Smith retired from the game in the 1950's and became a teacher and coach. He also worked in the steel industry and as an assistant scout for the Chicago Cubs.
Hilton Lee Smith died in 1983 and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001. The people of Giddings consider Hilton Lee Smith one of their "Hometown Heroes."
Baseball Memorabilia Collection / Baseball Field Dedication
The Giddings Public Library & Cultural Center
June 19, 2009 at 6:00PM
276 N. Orange
Giddings Public Library & Cultural Center is the site of the permanent collection of the Hilton Lee Smith Baseball Memorabilia Collection. Contact Pam Hutchinson at 979-542-2716 for further details.
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Source: Giddings Area Chamber of Commerce
CONTACT: Pam Hutchinson for Giddings Area Chamber of Commerce,