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N. Korea mission accomplished, says former NBA player Charles Smith

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BEIJING, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Former NBA player Charles Smith said in Beijing Friday he and a team of former players accomplished their culture exchange mission in North Korea.

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Second Indiana prison fugitive caught

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Baghdad boys' school opens

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Charles Smith
SLP2002101816- ST. CHARLES, Mo., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Portland Trail Blazers' Charles Smith (7) drivves the lane against Houston Rockets' Tito Maddox during the first quarter of a pre-season game at the St. Charles Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo., on Oct. 18, 2002. jg/bg/Bill Greenblatt UPI

Charles "Chino" Smith (1903 - January 16, 1932) was an American outfielder in Negro league baseball who was one of the Negro leagues' most skillful hitters of the mid-1920s and early 1930s. He stood only 5'6" tall but could hit the ball with prodigious power and efficiency. In fact, Satchel Paige called him one of the two most dangerous hitters in Negro league history. He had an incredible eye and hit amazing line drives to all fields, striking fear into opposing pitchers during all plate appearances.

He was born in Greenwood, South Carolina and played for the semipro Philadelphia Giants in 1924. Smith worked at New York City's Penn Station and played second base for their baseball team in 1925. He broke into the professional Brooklyn Royal Giants later that year. He recorded batting averages of .341 in 1925 and .439 in 1927. In 1929 he joined the New York Lincoln Giants of the new American Negro League, and walloped pitching to the tune of a .464 average, collecting 118 hits in only 67 games, with 23 home runs and 24 doubles, all of which paced the league. The league was not a stable one, however, and it folded the next year, with the Lincoln Giants continuing on as an independent team. They battled the Homestead Grays for the eastern title, only to lose out at the end of the season. During this season he destroyed opposing pitchers at a .468 clip. But this season was to be his last. At the age of 28, Smith became ill with yellow fever while playing in Cuba and died.

The incomplete records of the time show that Smith had an astounding .423 career batting average in Negro league competition. He hit .335 in Cuban winter ball and .405 (or .423 depending upon sources) against white major leaguers. His abrupt death ended a career which could have been one of the finest of all time and we can only speculate about what could have been.

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