SMITH, ELMER JOHN (21 Sept. 1892-3 Aug. 1984), who hit the first grand slam home run in world series history, was born at Sandusky, Ohio, the son of George C. and Mary Lentz Smith. His baseball career began in Cleveland, playing with the Naps in 1914. He continued with the newly-renamed Indians until 1921, with the exception of the 1916-17 season when his playing time was divided between the Indians and the Washington Senators. Smith's history-making grand slam home run occurred at Dunn Field 10 Oct. 1920 during the fifth game of the World Series. In the first inning of the game against the Brooklyn Dodgers, Smith hit his homerun with Charlie Jameson, Bill Wambsganss, and player-manager
Smith married Ruth E. Hanrath in Cleveland 28 Dec. 1920. He died in Columbia, Ky., and was survived by four grandchildren.