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Posted: Monday, January 27, 2014 4:29 pm

MIAMI - Growing up in southern California, Ozzie Smith used to catch a bus and go to Dodger Stadium so he could watch future Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale.

“I never thought that one day, if I ever got a chance to play professionally, that I would be considered one of those guys,” said Smith, the former St. Louis Cardinals shortstop who himself joined the Hall of Fame in 2002 – his first year of eligibility. “I never looked at myself in the same vein. Now it's very eerie sitting on the stage with these immortals or for that matter having a plaque on the wall with these immortals in the Hall of Fame. Everything is so surreal.”

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