ST. LOUIS - When the St. Louis Cardinals acquired shortstop Ozzie Smith prior to the 1982 season, manager Whitey Herzog had a plan to get the defensive wizard to start producing at the plate.
For each time Smith hit the ball on the ground, Herzog would give him a dollar. If the shortstop struck out or hit the ball in the air, he had to give his manager a dollar.
"I think I was about 350 down about July and I said, 'You've got enough, I think you got the idea,'" Herzog said Saturday. "He'd collect it right there in the clubhouse. I'd give him three or four bucks every night."
And Smith was apparently the missing piece the Cardinals needed. They went on to beat the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 7 of the 1982 World Series that year to capture their first World Championship since 1967.
The pair of Hall of Famers were back in town Saturday for the 30th reunion of the 1982 World Champions, parading around the warning track in the back of convertibles during a pregame ceremony that featur...