Ozzie Smith

Watching him play baseball was magical. Seeing his philanthropy in action is inspirational. Ozzie Smith is known as The Wizard because of the wonderful things he does.

Ozzie back-flipped his way into baseball fans’ hearts during 15 seasons as shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals. His 2002 first-ballot election into the National Baseball Hall of Fame was the pinnacle of an award-filled career. He won 13-straight Gold Gloves, was a 15-time All Star and the MVP of the 1985 National League playoffs — famous for his game-winning, “Go Crazy, Folks” home run. Matchless on the field while wearing the classic Birds-on-Bat, Ozzie’s #1 uniform number was retired by the Cardinals.

“I’ve been very lucky to live out the American dream as a baseball player,” says Smith. “And lucky to live, work and play in St. Louis.”