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This “Wizard of Oz” never had to hide behind a curtain. To the contrary, Ozzie Smith fed off the adulation of the crowd at Busch Stadium (where he played 15 seasons) in order to perform his very public feats of magic. Even years after his retirement, it just doesn’t seem like a Cardinals game without Ozzie turning somersaults on his way out to shortstop for the first inning. These three superb framed photographs taken by photographer Bill Greenblatt create a stirring overview of the Hall of Famer’s career and of his electric personality. The photos hung on a special section of the Stadium Club wall reserved just for them, and one can see why. Includes: 1) A 23.75 x 44.25” black & white of a jubilant Smith racing up the first baseline, his right arm in the air and his fist pumping was snapped right after his unforgettable walk-off homer in Game Five clinched the 1985 League Championship Series. Talk about magic. That was his first left-handed home run in 3,009 at-bats! 2) A 37 x 48.75” color shot of Ozzie waving to the crowd at Busch is a bittersweet moment – the last time he left the field, after the final out of the 1996 season, as “OZ” flashed on the scoreboard. 3) A 32.75 x 44.5” black & white of him breaking a bat on his swing. All photos are matted and mounted under glass in brushed metal silver frames, and are all NTMT gems. Do you believe in magic? (Estimate $500 - $1,000)
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