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Athletic Hall of Fame

Craig M. Smith

Craig M. Smith


At Rochester:

  • Four-year competitor with baseball and two-year letterwinner with soccer
  • Played freshman baseball in the Spring '36 season for Dick Larkin and served as captain of the frosh squad
  • Played varsity ball for Louis Alexander, Sr. for three years in three different positions: first base (sophomore), shortstop (junior), and third base (senior)
  • Captain as a senior
  • Hit well over .400 as a senior and led the team to a near-perfect season (only loss was to Syracuse)
  • Played as the inside right on the front line for the Yellowjacket soccer team
  • Graduated with a B.A. in Political Science in 1939


  • Declined the opportunity to try out for a semipro baseball team in Syracuse in 1940
  • Studied Political Science and Public Administration at Rochester in 1943-when one of his professors was called to active duty during World War II, Smith took over the class for the rest of the semester
  • Joined the Bureau of Municipal Research in Rochester in 1940 and remained there until retiring in 1983
  • Director of that organization from 1955-83