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Great Moments in Cardinals Playoff History: Ozzie Smith’s Walk-Off Home Run in the 1985 Championship Series

Ozzie Smith was was the greatest defensive shortstop in Cardinals – and most likely – baseball history, but one of his most memorable moments occurred at the plate. The Dodgers were playing the Cardinals in the 1985 NLCS, and in game 5, both teams’ offenses had stalled, and the game was tied at 2-2 in the 4th inning.

By 1985, Smith had only had 13 homers in his 8-year career, and none at all from the left side. He came to bat in the bottom of the 9th against Tom Niedenfuer. He got a fastball and slapped it over the right field fence to give the Cardinals the win.

Ozzie Smith rounds the bases after hitting his first left-handed homer, a walk-off homer in the 1985 NLCS
The Wizard of Oz rounds the bases after hitting his first left-handed homer, a walk-off homer in the 1985 NLCS

In this series, Smith batted .435 with 10 hits and 3 RBIs, earning the 1985 NLCS MVP Award.

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