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On This Date in Cardinals: May 22, 1976

Thirty five years ago today Reggie Smith drove in five of the Cardinals seven runs in a 7-6 win over the Phillies at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.

The fireworks came courtesy of Smith's three homers on the day including a three-run shot in the fifth inning off Jim Kaat, a solo shot in the seventh off Ron Reed and a two out solo homer in the ninth that gave the Birds the lead and proved to be the game winner off Tug McGraw.

Smith doubled his season homer total from three to six and the three hits in five at bats raised his season batting average from .189 at the start of the game to .200 by it's end 2:37 minutes later.

Al Hrabosky got the win with two hitless innings pitched to improve to 1-3 with a 3.64 ERA for the season.

Smith had about three weeks remaining in his Cardinals career. On June 15 he would be traded to the Dodgers for three players. Although he worked his average up to .218 at the time of the swap, Smith benefit from the change of scenery, batting .280 for Los Angeles the rest of the way.

The bicentennial year was a lost season for the Cardinals who finished with a 72-90 record in fifth place out of the six teams in the National League East. At the end of the year Red Schoendienst was replaced as Skipper by Vern Rapp who didn't get along with some of the veterans including Hrabosky and Ted Simmons.