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James "Red" Smith
Wednesday 12/14/2005  -  Duke Sports Information
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All-America, 1951

1952 team record - 31-7
Leading hitter, 1952 - .413
MVP - 1952 Southern Conference Tourney

A two-sport star while at Duke, Red Smith was a standout in both football and baseball. In football, he was an All-America punter in 1951, averaging 40.7 yards on 47 kicks. He led the 1952 team in scoring with 50 points. An all-around great athlete, Smith rushed for 1228 yards during his career, passed for 64, caught ten passes for 168 yards and scored 120 points in three seasons. During the spring, Smith was a baseball player, and quite a good one. Smith was an outfielder on the 1952 club, the best baseball team in Duke history with a 31-7 record and a trip to the College World Series, batting .413 on the year. He was the leading batter on that team which included two future major leaguers in Dick Groat and Bill Werber, Jr. Duke won three games in the 1952 Southern Conference Tourney on the final day to cop the championship and Smith was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

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