Jim Smith

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Jim Smith was an outstanding basketball and baseball player at the University of Delaware following graduation from P.S. DuPont High School, where he was the top athlete in his senior class.
Smith was the second Blue Hen basketball player to total more than 1,000 career points. He was a first-team all-Middle Atlantic Conference selection as a junior and senior at Delaware during the
1955-56 and 1956-57 seasons. Jim set what was then a Delaware Fieldhouse single game scoring record with 43 points against Swarthmore, and for a time shared the University of Michigan Fieldhouse
single-game scoring record with Ron Kramer, a college All-American and future pro football star. Playing for the Hens’ baseball team, Smith was one of Delaware’s top hitters, batting .354 as a junior
and .323 as a senior. He was named to the NCAA District Two All-Star team as a senior in 1958, and led the NCAA in triples during the 1957 season. Smith then played one year in the Phillies’ farm
system, batting .284 for High Point in the Class B Carolina League before returning to Wilmington and enjoyed an 18-year semi-pro baseball career, with a .344 career batting mark and a league-leading
.418 average in 1970, his final semi-pro season. Jim was a six-time All-League selection and hit .488 in 10 league All-Star games. A highly respected high school coach, Smith was a football assistant
at Dickinson High School and also served as head girls’ basketball coach, compiling a 115-28 record and winning three conference titles.

 

 

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