In 1983, Fleer produced a card featuring the “Smith Brothers,” which, besides being borderline racist, was not particularly truthful about its subjects, Ozzie Smith and Lonnie Smith of the St. Louis Cardinals. Let’s take a look:
How we know they’re different people:
Ozzie Smith is a Hall of Famer after a stellar 19-year career as one of the best shortstops to ever take the field in the Major Leagues. He played his first four years in San Diego, and was then traded to St. Louis, where he often did a backflip on his way out to take the field on Busch Stadium’s beautiful plastic grass.
Lonnie Smith had a very pedestrian 17 year career in the Majors for six different teams. He never played any position other than the three in the outfield. He hit 98 career home runs, 21 of which came for Atlanta in 1989. Especially in his later years, there was absolutely no fucking way that Lonnie Smith could have done a backflip. However, he did play in 5 World Series, winning three of them. Not bad, but not Ozzie.
Why we’re not sure they’re different people because we’ve never seen them in the same room together:
We have seen them in the same room together. They are on the same baseball card in the same photo (see above). Try to pay attention. I’m pretty sure they’re different people. Photoshop sucked in 1983. It was a simpler time.
Now you know.