On January 19, 1983 — Ozzie Smith becomes the game’s first $1 million shortstop when the infielder inks a three-year pact with the World Champion Cardinals. The ‘Wizard of OZ’, best known for his outstanding defense, won his third consecutive Gold Glove in the offseason.

Smith will win 3 more Golden Gloves and All Star apperances. He will hit .435 in the 1985 NLCS and win the MVP award. 

 


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