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Utes enjoy 'Evening with Ozzie Smith'

Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 7 2012 11:59 p.m. MST

University of Utah head baseball coach Bill Kinneberg, left, poses with Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith during the Utes' annual season-opening banquet Tuesday night. Smith, regarded as one of the game's greatest shortstops ever, was a 13-time Gold Glove Award winner who set major league shortstop records for assists, double plays and chances in 19 seasons with the Cardinals and Padres. A 15-time All-Star, he finished his career with over 2,400 base hits and 500 stolen bases.

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SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah baseball team will host "An Evening with Ozzie Smith" tonight at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel.

"We're excited to have Ozzie Smith come to Salt Lake City to continue the tradition of baseball greats who have participated in our season-opening banquet," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "To have one of the best shortstops in baseball history is an honor for our team and fans. The banquet is always an exciting night to kick off the start of our season."

Smith was a 13-time Gold Glove Award winner who set major league shortstop records for assists, double plays and chances in 19 seasons with the Padres and Cardinals. A 15-time All-Star, he finished his career with over 2,400 base hits and 500 stolen bases. Smith led the Cardinals to three World Series, including the 1982 championship. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002.

The evening will feature a reception at 6 p.m. with dinner beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are $100 per person or $1,000 per table.

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