First Name: Mark
Last Name: Smith
Sport: Softball
Inductee Type: Athlete
Year Inducted: 2002
Home Town: Halifax
County: Halifax County
Details:

Mark Smith dominated Nova Scotia, Canada and World softball during a 20-year period starting in 1976. The husky left-handed pitcher was the youngest member of Nova Scotia’s first entry at the Canadian National Junior Men’s championship. His talent was quickly recognized.

Two years later, he left home to pitch in Grimsby, Ontario and then travelled the world. Along his journey, Smith began setting records and winning awards and trophies in tournaments from the Philippines to Venezuela and throughout the United States. He pitched the first no-hitter in Pan Am Games history in 1979 and was an outstanding player at the 1981 International Softball Congress world tournament.

Smith had a major league baseball tryout with the Kansas City Royals in 1982 and was a five-time, first team, all-world selection at the IBC championship. He also won gold medals at four Pan-Am Games, was named Nova Scotia’s Softball Coach of the year, twice, after his return to coaching in his native province, and was inducted into the Softball Canada Hall of Fame in 1999.

Facts:

• Inducted Softball Canada Hall of Fame
• Retired as a Player 1998
• Head Coach Canada’s National Senior Team
• Director Sport Development Sport Nova Scotia
• On Victoria Team Won Gold Pan-Am Games for Canada
• Pitched 2 Int’l Softball Congress ‘Ships 1980’s
• Won Senior Championship with Hfx Jaguars 1998
• Assistant Coach National Senior Team
• Head Coach Cdn 2001 World Jr Championship Team
• Head Coach Canada’s Senior Team
• Gold Medalist in 1979,83,91 and 99 Pan Am Games
• Pitched the first no hitter in Pan Ams history

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