Scott Smith '89 joins brother Archie '84, a 2014 inductee, in the Baylor Sports Hall of Fame. The Smith family has strong ties to Baylor as Scott and Archie have three other brothers - Tommy '86, Tim '91, and Nick '97 - that attended Baylor, with at least one Smith brother enrolled for a stretch of nearly 20 years.
Scott, an impact player for the Baylor baseball team in three seasons, helped the Red Raiders to two league, district, and region championships and one state tournament appearance. Known mostly as a crafty right-handed pitcher but also an exceptional hitter, Scott's Baylor career stats include a 20-7 record and 2.39 ERA. Upon graduation, he held Baylor records for most wins in a season and career strikeouts. At the time of his induction, he was in a three-way tie (Tim Smith '91, Zane Stone '04, and Charlie Tidwell '06) for second in single-season wins with 11 behind Tyler Massey '08 with 12 and was second in career strikeouts (104) to his brother Tim, who fanned 111 in his senior year.
Passing up an offer by the Minnesota Twins, who drafted him out of high school, Scott went on to a stellar career at the University of Kentucky, leading the Wildcats in wins, complete games, and innings pitched in 1991, starts in 1992 and 1993, was once named Most Valuable Pitcher, and held the record for career strikeouts and innings pitched when he graduated. In 2016, the UK record book listed him second in career starts and innings pitched, fifth in complete games, sixth all-time in strikeouts, and eighth in appearances.
During the summers of 1991 and 1992, Scott played for the Chatham A's in the Cape Cod Baseball League, helping the team to the Cape League championship in '92. During that 1992 season, Scott was a league All-Star, a Baseball America Summer League All-American and, in the only season he ever pitched in relief, was the recipient of the Russ Ford Award for relief pitcher of the year.
Scott was drafted again in 1993, this time by the Texas Rangers. He played three years of class A and AA ball in the Rangers' system and played for the independent St. Paul Saints for one season in 1996.
Scott is married to Katherine Price Smith '90. Katherine served as Baylor's head girls' tennis coach from 1999-2007 and Scott worked as a Baylor admissions associate and a dorm head from 2000-2005.