Smith walked away from game as saves king
More than nine years later, those 478 saves still represented the top total in big league history.
A seven-time All-Star, Smith led his league in saves four times and reached the 30-save mark in 10 seasons.
“I tried to keep myself loose,” Smith said. “Just take the game as it is. Don’t put added pressure on yourself. The game is tough enough.”
Smith was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2019.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum