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Roger Smoot, Sr.

Class of 1927

Roger was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998. His citation is below:

The Smoot family name resounds through the history of athletics at Washington College. Roger Lee Smoot Sr. grew up in Sharptown, Maryland, participated in baseball throughout his high school years, and after graduation from Sharptown High School in 1923, entered Washington College to begin a storied intercollegiate athletic career.

Although baseball was his favorite sport, he went out for football in the fall of 1923 and immediately made his competitive spirit known. In an era of football when participants played both offense and defense, he was an outstanding lineman, starting at right tackle. During his sophomore year he also saw time in the fullback position. His efforts on both sides of the ball culminated in his being selected to play on the Baltimore Sun’s All State Team in 1927.

Although he was a starter on the football team for four years, it was baseball that he made his mark as a collegiate player. Coach Tom Kibler was quoted in the April 16, 1924, issue of the Enterprise Newspaper as saying that he had a future baseball star in Roger Smoot. Needless to say, his prophecy came true. For four years Smoot held down one of the outfield positions on the Sho’men Nine. He was not only an impressive defensive performer but an excellent long ball hitter, a talent frequently mentioned in many newspaper articles of that era.

Roger was active in extra-curricular activities on the Washington College campus. The 1927 yearbook lists him as a member of the Mt. Vernon Club, the Varsity Club, the Cotillion Club, and president of the Athletic Association and Silver Pentagon Society. He was also noted for his expertise in mathematics.

After graduation, Roger signed a contract to play professional baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals, and during the summer of 1927 he played for the St. Louis Cardinal farm team in Ft. Smith, Arkansas.

He played professional baseball only one year. His post baseball resumÈ includes teaching chemistry on the high school level, working as a chemist for the American Oil Co., moving on to the duPont Co. in Wilmington, Delaware in the same capacity and then spending approximately fifteen years with the Revere Copper and Brass Co. He passed away in 1948.

It is an honor for Washington College to induct Roger Lee Smoot, Sr. into the Washington College Athletic Hall of Fame on this 3rd day of October 1998.