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Oceait
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for the old-timers - the end of the Jim Smith era


So I just checked to see when the baseball teams' last losing season was, and it was in 1978, Jim Smith's last year as HC. 12-34

That said, he two years prior to that were losing records also. He also had a losing record over his career.

So for those that were around at the time - was he just a crappy coach, or was he handcuffed in some way by serious apathy toward baseball (if indeed that's how it was back then)?

Stories/recollections would be awesome. TIA







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Harry Caray
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re: for the old-timers - the end of the Jim Smith era


I doubt anyone on here actually went to baseball games back then.





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re: for the old-timers - the end of the Jim Smith era


Paging liquid rabbit for caveman baseball memories...





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liquid rabbit
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re: for the old-timers - the end of the Jim Smith era


Smith lived around the corner from me. My little brother and his son Joey were friends.

Nice guy but he was not a good coach.






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chalmetteowl
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re: for the old-timers - the end of the Jim Smith era


it shocks me that jack lamabe before skip must have never had one...





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liquid rabbit
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Paging liquid rabbit for caveman baseball memories...

Damn young whippersnapper!






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dbt_Geaux_Tigers_196
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re: for the old-timers - the end of the Jim Smith era


When I came of age Maravich was playing and Chollie Mac was becoming an institution. Baseball?





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chalmetteowl
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re: for the old-timers - the end of the Jim Smith era


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it shocks me that jack lamabe before skip must have never had one...


he did have one... 1981 we were 23-30

so the OP is under an erroneous assumption






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MrKnowItAll
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re: for the old-timers - the end of the Jim Smith era


I was a student at LSU during that time and I somewhat knew the catcher of that team. I went to a few of their games and what I remember was they had poor pitching, made alot of errors.... but they made up for it with even worse hitting.





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777Tiger
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re: for the old-timers - the end of the Jim Smith era


that was back in my era, I was a walk on, it wouldn't have mattered if we'd have been 50-0, no one gave a shite about baseball back then, except for families, and of course, groupies





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gemlsu
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re: for the old-timers - the end of the Jim Smith era


I was on campus, mid 60's. Poor coach but no one really cared. It was like well, you had to put a team on the field. I think he did win an SEC title later when Miley was there.


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TigahRag
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re: for the old-timers - the end of the Jim Smith era


Jim Smith took LSU to our first-ever NCAA tournament and won the SEC title in 1975 .. Other than that, he wasn't too good ..





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chalmetteowl
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re: for the old-timers - the end of the Jim Smith era


he made his MLB debut in '75 the same year LSU made their only pre-Skip regional so he wasn't a Tiger that year





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TigahRag
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re: for the old-timers - the end of the Jim Smith era


Miley wasn't on the SEC championship team ..





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ElderTiger
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re: for the old-timers - the end of the Jim Smith era


Funny but true story..I remember going to a game sometime in the late 60's or early 70's and all I had was a twenty dollar bill. The guy selling tickets didn't have change so he just told me to go on in. As I recall, I sat right behind home plate and there not 100 people in the stands.
Ahh... The good old days !






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TexTgrTed
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re: for the old-timers - the end of the Jim Smith era


My freshman year at LSU was 1978. Pretty sure I graduated having never seen a Tigahs baseball game.

Daddy Dale was just getting the hoops team to national prominence, & I'm pretty sure I made every game at the Deaf Dome 1978-1981. Even got to see a regional final at the Dome.






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Emergent C Steve
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re: for the old-timers - the end of the Jim Smith era


Jumbo Smith was the football equipment manager. Being baseball coach was a part-time job if he had time to do it.
Baseball was definitely not a priority back in the time to Jimbo Smith was head coach.






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Tigah in the ATL
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re: for the old-timers - the end of the Jim Smith era


I'm guessing about as many people went to baseball games as went to tennis matches.





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vjp819
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re: for the old-timers - the end of the Jim Smith era


quote:

I was on campus, mid 60's. Poor coach but no one really cared. It was like well, you had to put a team on the field. I think he did win an SEC title later when Miley was there.


Nope. Mike went in the MLB draft after the 1974 baseball season. I know his last year playing qb for the football team was the 73 season. Then the following year the baseball team won the SEC.






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60tiger
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re: for the old-timers - the end of the Jim Smith era


I was there 1968-1971. My roommate played and started as pitcher the first home game his sophomore year. Smith was nothing more that an equipment coach who did double duty. He was an idiot. Also, I did go to many games. Me about 25 other folks. It was a sad time!





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