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Hardnosed Mike Smith, NAFA Hall of Famer and 20th Year Anniversary selection

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

“…He’s an absolute fighter.” – Matt Dailey

ALLENTOWN, PA – He’s been called tough and hardnosed. The kind of guy every ball club needs: determined, driven. A winner.

That sums up Mike Smith.

“He’s a grinder,” says Mike “Kusy” Kusmuk, who teamed with Smith for several years on D.C. Tire and the Reading (PA) Sunners.

“He’s a tremendous competitor who plays to win, and he’s hardnosed.”

Kusy remembers just how tough Smith can be. It was in an Allentown tournament when they first met over 25 years a go. Kusy’s team against Smith’s team. Kusy’s swinging a hot bat and goes 2 for 3 off Smith.

And Smith didn’t much like it.

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“YoYo” Cruz retires from an illustrious career

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010


San Bernardino Bombers, YoYo Cruz, right, with Truman Thompson, center, and Frank Jimenez sharing good times at the Colton Conquistadors tournament, Sunday, Oct. 17.
Photo By BOB OTTO
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SAN BERNARDINO, CA – Ask anybody what YoYo Cruz’ first name is and you’ll probably get a puzzled look and a reply, “well, he’s YoYo!”

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