Mark Smith, the Canadian who chilled Southern California batters

Written by Bob on April 14th, 2010

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  1. We, The NJ Windmillers, faced Mark in Amsterdam, NY in the 90’s. It actually snowed that night and was bitter cold. Good thing we couldn’t hit him because that would have really stung our hands!!! LOL

  2. FRANK tREJO says:

    I’M TRYING TO LOCATE AN EX-SOFTBALL PLAYER AND MANAGER OF THE LAKEWOOD JETS OF THE OLD WESTERN SOFTBALL CONFERENCE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.HIS NAME IS BILL HARDY.

  3. Bob says:

    Frank, I don’t have a phone number for you. But try Jim Flanagan at http://www.fastpitchwest.com, if you haven’t already. Good luck.

  4. dave garcia says:

    you know once in a while i ckeck and see what”s going on in the isc and the western softball conference news.usually i just read the articles and it brings back some great memories! usually i don”t get involved i what oeople do or say…but when someone makes a comment about me that is not true, i have to say something…i read all these wonderful things about mark smith…i think he was asked if their was any batter that tried to intimidate him..he said that when i was in the batters box i glared at the pitcherand swang so hard you can hear the thump when i hit my back…i never did that.the only time i tried to intimidate a pitcher was when i was in the batter”s box.i wish it was me,but that was the trademark of jj…jack johnson!!first of all,i faced the greatest pichers,in an era where fast pitch softball was at it”s peak…there will never ever be another time like that in fast pitch history!!!it was an honor to be part of that era!!and as far as intimidation,in those days…i never was by any pitcher!!!if you were intimidated by a pitcher,you shouldn”t be hitting or playing the game!…im sorry i hate to be different..the thing that sticks in my head about mark is that he was arrogant,concieted and cared only about himself…yes i was cocky myself,..and confident..not concieted.his memory is bad too….the first time i faced mark smith i went 2 for 5..of course he will deny it,but it”s true…check the books..but the the the thing that botherd me is that he purposely threw at my head to try to hurt me…a ball being thrown that hard at that distance could have killed me or permanently

  5. TOM MURPHY says:

    HEY DAVE. IM TOM MURPHY. MY DAD USED TO MANAGE THE OLD LAKEWOOD CHARTERS THAT FINISHED 3RD IN THE 67 WORLD TURNEY. I USED TO FOLLOW THE JETS WITH BAILEY, CORMACK, MARTINEZ, KLECKER, HENDERSON ETC. AND THEN FOLLOWED YOU GUYS – THE HAWKS. I REMEMBER YOU HITTING .400 IN THE CONGRESS ONE YEAR. ONLY GUY TO HAVE DONE THAT PRIOR WAS HAL MARTINEZ. I STILL FOLLOW THE ISC WEBSITE BUT ITS A SHAME THAT PITCHERS NOW A DAYS CAN JUMP WAY OFF. I COLLECT OLD PROGRAMS. ANY CHANCE OF GETTING A HOLD OF A NITEHAWKS PROGRAM FROM WHEN YOU WERE PLAYING? I CAN PROVIDE MY ADDRESS. LIVE IN UPLAND, ABOUT 40 MILES FROM LONG BEACH. THIS IS TOM MURPHY. MY DAD WAS BEST BUDS WITH GEORGE PEARSON, CLINT HERRON, DENNIS CORMACK, ETC..

  6. Frank Trejo says:

    ANYONE OUT THERE KNOW THE WHEREABOUTS OF BILL HARDY – PLAYED AND MANAGED THE LAKEWOOD JETS IN THE WSC IN THE ’70S?

  7. Bob says:

    Frank, you might try contacting Milt Stark at mdstark@aol.com to try and locate Hardy.

  8. Rob Soricelli says:

    Hello . I am an ex Fastpitch softball player , who played at the elite level for many years . I know Mark and respect what he has brought to the game over the years . I had the chance to face Mark Smith up in Nova Scotia . It was a challenge and a great experience . I did manage to get a hit off of him going 1-3 . I am looking to contact mark at this time . I am now a college coach at a D2 school in New York , USA .. If anyone can help me please send me an email ..
    rosricell7@gmail.com. … Thank You

  9. Rob Soricelli says:

    Sorry my email is
    rsoricelli7@gmail.com

  10. Bob says:

    Hi Rob. Mark is the Head Coach of Canada’s women’s national softball team. Here is the contact info that should get you to him. Thanks for writing and great to hear you are still involved in the sport.
    Softball Canada

    223 Colonnade Rd., Ste 212
    Ottawa, ON, K2E 7K3
    info@softball.ca
    Phone: 613.523.3386
    Fax: 613.523.5761

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