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Mike Smithson (baseball)

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Mike Smithson
Pitcher
Born: (1955-01-21) January 21, 1955 (age 61)
Centerville, Tennessee
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 27, 1982 for the Texas Rangers
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 1989 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
Win–loss record 76–86
Earned run average 4.58
Innings pitched 1,35613
Strikeouts 731
Teams
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Billy Mike Smithson (born January 21, 1955) is an American former professional baseball player. He was a right-handed pitcher who appeared in 240 games in the Major Leagues over eight seasons (1982–1989) for the Texas Rangers. Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox. Smithson stood Script error: No such module "convert". tall and weighed Script error: No such module "convert"..

After attending the University of Tennessee, Smithson was selected by the Red Sox in the fifth round of the 1976 Major League Baseball Draft. During the course of his seven-year minor league apprenticeship, he participated in the longest baseball game in history between the Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings during the 1981 season. During the early morning hours of Sunday, April 19, 1981, he worked the full 15th, 16th and 17th innings, and got two outs in the 18th inning before turning the ball over to Win Remmerswaal. Smithson allowed two hits and three bases on balls in 323 innings pitched—but no runs. The game was suspended after 32 innings, and resumed June 23; Smithson's PawSox won it in the bottom of the 33rd frame.

After attending spring training with the 1982 Red Sox, Smithson was traded to the Rangers on April 9 for left-handed relief pitcher John Henry Johnson. He was recalled by the Rangers from the Triple-A Denver Bears and began his MLB career late in August as a starting pitcher—the role he would play for much of his big-league tenure.

As a member of the Twins, Smithson led the American League in games started in

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Altogether, Smithson allowed 1,473 hits and 383 bases on balls in 1,35613 innings of big-league work. He made 204 starts out of his 240 total games pitched, and recorded 731 strikeouts, 41 complete games, six shutouts and two saves. He retired after the

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