The winners of the Rotary Smith Award whose names do not link to year-by-year Major League statistics have not (yet) made it to "the show."
The official Rotary Smith Award website had some fascinating accounts of each award-winning recipient. Here is one of them:
"The first winner of the R. E. 'Bob' Smith Award, Andy Benes went on to become the first overall selection in the draft when the San Diego Padres tabbed him. After picking up the Smith hardware, he went on to lead the U.S. Olympic team in the Seoul Olympics and the followng year, he was pitching for the Padres. 2002 marked his 14th season in the majors and his final strikeout of the season gave him an even 2,000 in his career to go along with 155 wins.
Benes justified his status as the top college pitcher by winning 16 games (including 13 complete games) for the Purple Aces, while fanning 188 in just 146 innings. He remains the Aces season and career leader in strikeouts and ERA."
Copyright © 2003 Rotary Club of Houston.
The Rotary Smith Award pays tribute to Houston, Texas' original baseball ambassador, R.E. 'Bob' Smith and his wife Vivian. It rewards the winner's character and leadership as well as his talent on the field of play. The Award also benefits the Rotary Charities, Texas Children's Hospital and the Karl Young League.