When shortstop Ozzie Smith was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in July 2002, he gave one of the more memorable speeches in Hall of Fame history. He wore a wig to the podium, held up a baseball cut in half and incorporated elements from “The Wizard of Oz” — also his nickname for his wizardry at shortstop — into the story of his career. Smith recently recalled that speech, the moment and what making the Hall of Fame meant to him.
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As told to staff writer Carroll Rogers