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December 26, 2010 11:08 AM

On this date in Cardinals history: Dec. 26, 1954

On today's date 56 years ago Osborne Earl Smith was born in Mobile, Alabama. As anyone who is familiar with the Cardinals knows, Ozzie rose from being a poor kid who learned to field using an old milk carton for a glove to the best defensive shortstop in the history of baseball. He won 13 Gold Glove Awards and was named an All-Star 15 times. But I wonder if we would have even heard of The Wizard had he been born about a decade and a half later than he was.

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