Dwight Smith, who won World Series with Braves, dead at 58

Smith died of congestive heart and lung failure, the team said. He lived in Peachtree City, about 30 miles south of Atlanta.

Dwight Smith and pitcher Greg Maddux of the Atlanta Braves celebrate their 1995 World Series championship after defeating the Cleveland Indians in Game 6 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium on Oct. 28, 1995, in Atlanta.

Dwight Smith and pitcher Greg Maddux of the Atlanta Braves celebrate their 1995 World Series championship after defeating the Cleveland Indians in Game 6 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium on Oct. 28, 1995, in Atlanta. (Rich Pilling/MLB via Getty Images)

“We are saddened by the passing earlier today of Dwight Smith, an integral member of our 1995 World Series championship team,” the Braves said.

“The 1989 NL Rookie of the Year runner-up, Dwight enjoyed an eight-year Major League career that included two postseason trips with the Cubs and Braves. Dwight was also a beloved alumni member, and his infectious smile will be missed around Truist Park.

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“Our deepest condolences to his wife Cheryl, daughters Tylor and Shannyn and son Dwight, Jr.”

Smith made his debut with the Chicago Cubs in 1989. He hit .324 with 111 hits and nine home runs. He finished second in Rookie of the Year voting to teammate Jerome Walton.

FILE - Outfielder Dwight Smith of the Atlanta Braves swings during a game against the San Diego Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego.

FILE – Outfielder Dwight Smith of the Atlanta Braves swings during a game against the San Diego Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego. (Stephen Dunn/Allsport)

Smith joined the Braves in 1995 and played in 103 games, winning the World Series over the Cleveland Indians.

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In between his time with the Cubs and Braves, he played for the California Angels and Baltimore Orioles.

In eight years, he batted .275 with a .755 OPS and 46 home runs.

Former MLB player Dwight Smith, left, poses for a photograph with his son, Dwight Smith Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays, at a game at SunTrust Park on May 18, 2017, in Atlanta.

Former MLB player Dwight Smith, left, poses for a photograph with his son, Dwight Smith Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays, at a game at SunTrust Park on May 18, 2017, in Atlanta. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

His son, Dwight Smith Jr., has played in the majors with the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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