Washington Signature
[ Search and Navigation ]   [ View Full Site ]

Profiles

Homer Smoot

Class of 1897

Homer was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992. His citation is below:

Washington College athletic history indicates that professional ballplayer Homer Smoot attended this Eastern Shore institution during the 1893-1897 era, playing football and basketball and earning his degree. Just how many years he played for the college has not been ascertained since the college records for those years are not available. After finishing at the college he signed a contract to play baseball professionally.

Ed Nichols, now deceased, considered to be one of the most outstanding sports writers on the Eastern Shore and who was the sports editor for the Salisbury Times for several decades, wrote the following concerning Homer.

“Homer Smoot was the Eastern Shore’s Ted Williams of yesteryear. He played with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1901-1908 and one season at Cincinnati before serving five years in the American Association at Toledo, Louisville and Kansas City. His name stands unchallenged as one of the greatest hitters ever developed on the Eastern Shore, ranking alongside of Jimmy Foxx and Frank (Homerun) Baker.”

Homer returned to Washington College to coach the 1913 varsity baseball team, substituting for Coach Tom Kibler who was playing professionally with the St. Antonio, Texas team that spring.

In 1925 he managed the Eastern Shore League’s Salisbury Indians. He died at the early age of fifty on March 23, 1928.

It is a distinct pleasure for Washington College, on this third day of October, 1992, to welcome Mr. Homer Smoot into the Washington College Athletic Hall of Fame.