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Ex-major leaguer Hal Smith dies in Arkansas

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FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) -- Former major league baseball player Hal Smith of Fort Smith, Ark., has died.

Edwards Funeral Home says Smith died Saturday at age 82. A cause of death was not released.

Smith was a native of Barling who signed with the St. Louis Cardinals as a catcher in 1949. He played for the Cardinals from 1956-61 and was named to three National League All-Star teams.

He later played briefly for Pittsburgh in 1965 before becoming a scout and coach for several teams.

Funeral services are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at East Side Baptist Church in Fort Smith.

Survivors include his wife and three children.

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