Clay Smith, former pitcher, dies
.c The Associated Press
CAMBRIDGE, Kan. (AP) - Clay Smith, the southeast Kansas rancher who pitched for the Detroit Tigers in the 1940 World Series, has died. He was 87.
Smith died Tuesday at Winfield Rest Haven near his ranch in Cambridge.
The right-hander broke into the major leagues in 1938 with the Cleveland Indians, pitching 11 innings in four games. In 1940 for Detroit, he was 1-1 in 14 regular-season appearances, and pitched four innings in Game 4 of the World Series against Cincinnati.
He entered the World Series game in the third inning, with his team trailing. Smith allowed just one earned run while walking three and striking out one. The Tigers lost the game, and dropped the series in seven games.
In January 2000, Smith was inducted into the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame.
He was born and raised in Cambridge and was on the wrestling and track teams at Southwestern College, where he is a member of the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.
After his baseball career ended, Smith moved to Cambridge where he lived with his wife and their
two sons and daughter. In addition to the ranch, Smith was a rural mail carrier for many years. He retired from ranching in 1985.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Miles Funeral Service. Burial will be in Cambridge Cemetery.