July 20, 2003 |
When June Carter Cash died May 15 at 73, obituaries appeared in every major publication in the United States. Her tale was told: wife of Johnny Cash; daughter of the guitarist and singer Mother Maybelle Carter, of the legendary Carter Family of the Virginia mountains -- who, from 1927, the year of their first recordings, would define country music, and American music, for the nation and then the world.
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June 14, 2003 |
A 36-year-old man who was fatally shot by detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department's Special Investigation Section was identified Friday as Craig Lee Smith, an ex-convict who served four years in state prison for narcotics and burglary convictions, authorities said. The unemployed telemarketer died of multiple gunshot wounds, said Craig Harvey, chief of operations for the Los Angeles County coroner's office. An autopsy is scheduled for today.
June 8, 1998 |
The Houston Astros signed Lee Smith, the major leagues' career saves leader, to a minor league contract Sunday and assigned him to triple-A New Orleans. Smith, 40, a seven-time All-Star, had retired last July, then made an unsuccessful comeback attempt in spring training with the Kansas City Royals, who released him. Over 18 seasons, Smith has earned 478 saves with eight teams. He is expected to join the Zephyrs in Tacoma on Monday.
July 16, 1997 |
Reliever Lee Smith, the former Angel, who leads the major leagues with 478 saves, abruptly announced his retirement from the Montreal Expos on Tuesday. Smith, 39, departed after talking to Expo Manager Felipe Alou. The Expos are in Miami for a series with the Florida Marlins. Smith led active relievers with 1,016 relief appearances and, with 1,022, was only the fourth major league pitcher to appear in more than 1,000 games.
June 10, 1996 |
Lee Smith thought he got a lucky break, not having to face hammerin' Hideo Nomo when the Cincinnati Reds brought him in Sunday to pitch the Dodger eighth. "That Nomo's nasty," Smith said, and he didn't mean on the mound. He meant Nomo at the bat. But a patty-cake Dodger lineup (six hitters under .
June 8, 1996 |
Lee Smith is a happy camper, really. He has a pair of pants he can squeeze into and, on the other end, peace of mind. The Cincinnati Reds are wonderful, despite owner Marge Schott. True, he's not the team's closer. But how important is that in the grand scheme of things? So don't be bothering him about the Angels. Don't be talking with him about the Great Closer Controversy. Smith, 38, has a fresh start.