George E. Smith

George E. Smith

George Elsworth Smith was an American gambler and Thoroughbred horse racing enthusiast who became a multi-millionaire during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Smith was given the nickname "Pittsburgh Phil" in 1885 by Chicago gambler William "Silver Bill" Riley to differentiate him from the other Smiths that also frequented Riley's pool halls.
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Birthday
13 July 1862

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CURRENTS | DEALS; Cocktail Tables, Ceramics, Sofas and More
NYTimes - over 6 years
Floor models, prototypes and in-stock furnishings are up to 70 percent off during the annual sample sale at Desiron, through Sept. 25 (the Bedford Club Chair, originally $4,015, is $1,205; the Chrysler Cocktail Table, regularly $5,600, is $2,800); 151 Wooster Street (Houston Street); (212) 353-2600 or desiron.com. Branca, a Chicago home furnishings
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September 10-11: The Suwanee Schedule - Patch.com
Google News - over 6 years
Today In History: On this day in 1897, a 25-year-old London taxi driver named George Smith becomes the first person ever arrested for drunk driving after slamming into a building. Smith later plead guilty and was fined 25 shillings
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George Smith - This is the final chapter - Anniston Star
Google News - over 6 years
Some of you didn't stop with Hank and I can't use all of them, but . . . “Hank did play the Ritz and he and Curly Williams – he lived over Williams Grocery across from the Radio Building – co-wrote 'Half As Much.' I remember once Curly gave some of us
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George Smith: 'Chief' Morrow: ... in a shooting, a memory - Anniston Star
Google News - over 6 years
(Anniston Star photo by George Smith) Out on US 431 in Saks, not even the sound of passing traffic reaches the quiet den of a house sitting above the highway on Taylor Avenue. The evening news from 33/40 in Birmingham has the attention of Bill Morrow
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George Smith - Let me know if Hank played the Ritz . . . - Anniston Star
Google News - over 6 years
OFF MY bit on the movie, Hank Williams, The Show He Never Gave, one reader wrote the belief that Williams once appeared at the old Ritz Theater on Noble. I don't know how to check that, but my memory (as a devout Hank fan) doesn't think so
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Today in History: Aug. 28, 2011 - Record-Searchlight
Google News - over 6 years
In 1911: George Smith, an old miner who had lived on his claim a mile from Iron Mountain for more than 10 years, was found dead in the wreckage of an abandoned shack he was probably cutting up for wood. Judging from the condition of the body,
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St. Thomas opens up on national TV - MiamiHerald.com
Google News - over 6 years
This will be Rocco's first head coach football season at St. Thomas as he is replacing George Smith. By Mario Sarmento Much has changed, but much remains the same at St. Thomas Aquinas, where the Raiders will have a new coach and a new quarterback but
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George Smith: PGA course has ties to Indian Oaks - Anniston Star
Google News - over 6 years
IF YOU'RE a golfer or a fan of the game, you probably watched the PGA Championship from the Atlanta Athletic Club last week. Which brings me to Mr. Ken Mangum, director of golf at the AAC. In getting his course ready for the last major of the year,
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Problems continue with Hinds ballot count - WLBT-TV
Google News - over 6 years
Supervisor George Smith was there, hoping to learn if he really lost his re-election bid to Kenneth Stokes. Last Tuesday, Tyrone Lewis came out ahead of incumbent sheriff Malcolm McMillin. The gap was wide enough to avoid a runoff
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Counts, confusion fail to yield winners - Jackson Clarion Ledger
Google News - over 6 years
At issue in Hinds County is whether longtime incumbents, Sheriff Malcolm McMillin and District 5 Supervisor George Smith, were ousted in rematches with their challengers, retired Jackson police officer Tyrone Lewis and Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes,
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Stokes holds edge over Smith for Hinds Co. supe seat - Jackson Clarion Ledger
Google News - over 6 years
Veteran Hinds County District 5 Supervisor George Smith appeared to lose his seat to challenger Kenneth Stokes Tuesday in a tight Democratic primary. District 3 Supervisor Peggy Hobson Calhoun handily won her Democratic primary, but District 2
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Q & A: George Smith - Elk Grove Citizen
Google News - over 6 years
Florin High School athletic director George Smith was planning a comeback to coaching this season. He just didn't know it was as the varsity football team's head coach. Smith, who originally had agreed to coach wide
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S&S Cycle Hires New Prez - Stephen Iggens - MotorcycleUSA.com
Google News - over 6 years
George Smith will continue as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors at S&S Cycle and lend his industry expertise and experience to Steve to effect a smooth and seamless transition. Iggens is no stranger to S&S Cycle and the motorcycle industry
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George Smith - Spiritual 'recycling' right neat - Anniston Star
Google News - over 6 years
A translation is when you are passing the Weaver Church of God (Alexandria Road), take a look at the steeple. Before it wound up atop that church, it was atop Leatherwood Baptist. Also, when organist Brenda Payne cranks up, she's on the keyboard of an
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    FORTIES
  • 1905
    Age 42
    George E. Smith died at the sanitarium on February 1, 1905.
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  • 1904
    Age 41
    In October 1904, Smith traveled to the Winyah Sanitarium in Asheville, North Carolina for treatment of his worsening cough, a result of advanced tuberculosis.
    He made his last bet, 4:1 on High Chancellor, at the Sheepshead Bay racetrack during the summer of 1904 and won $2,000.
    His family assumed that his "nerves" were affected from the stress of his and Shaw's suspension from racing, but Smith had also developed a persistent cough by the early months of 1904.
  • 1903
    Age 40
    By the fall of 1903, Smith began curtailing his turf activities for frequent trips to the Adirondacks and Hot Springs to rest.
    Smith continued to make bets, notably securing $60,000 when Africander won the 1903 Suburban Handicap, but had sold his stable to E.E Smatters by the end of the year.
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    On June 24, 1903, Smith was also banned from entering his horses in races overseen by The Jockey Club.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1902
    Age 39
    Smith kept few horses in 1902 and consequently allowed James R. Keene to employ Willie Shaw for much of the season.
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  • 1899
    Age 36
    Willie Shaw was ultimately hired to replace Sloan and raced for Smith from 1899 until 1903.
    After Sloan's departure, Smith used Skeets Martin as his principal jockey, but in 1899 Martin also left the US for better racing prospects in England.
  • 1897
    Age 34
    When James R. Keene asked Smith in late 1897 for permission to take Sloan to England to race in the Cambridgeshire Handicap, Smith accepted the offer.
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  • 1896
    Age 33
    Sloan returned to New York with Smith in 1896 where he became one of the top jockeys on the east coast, giving Smith the most profitable years of his career.
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  • 1895
    Age 32
    Smith met Sloan in the fall of 1895 at a San Francisco racetrack after Sloan had been suspended for ten days for trying to "beat the barrier", or disregarding the starting barrier that had recently been adopted at US tracks.
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    Smith employed several jockeys on a race-to-race basis during his career as a Thoroughbred owner, including Henry "Skeets" Martin, Fred Taral, Edward R. Garrison and Sam Doggett. However, Smith considered Tod Sloan to be the best jockey in his employ and commissioned the rider to race in only his colors from 1895 to 1897.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1892
    Age 29
    On August 29, 1892, Parvenu was entered in a race at Sheepshead Bay and was given 30:1 initial odds by bookmakers, which would have won Smith close to $300,000.
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    King Cadmus was a fast runner but he had a vicious temperament, seriously injuring several of Smith's employees, in addition to weak legs and was sold as a three-year-old in 1892.
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    Cadmus' other win occurred at Morris Park Racetrack in 1892 with Smith netting another $80,000.
  • 1891
    Age 28
    The first win occurred on September 3, 1891 at Sheepshead Bay Race Track and resulted in Smith winning approximately $115,000, which was the largest payout from a horse race recorded in the US at that time.
  • 1890
    Age 27
    Smith purchased King Cadmus as a yearling in 1890 for $4,000 at the stable dispersal sale of the late August Belmont.
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  • 1885
    Age 22
    Smith decided that the best gambling prospects at the time were in Chicago and made his way to William "Silver Bill" Riley's poolroom in late 1885.
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    The first horse race that Smith witnessed live was the 1885 Kentucky Derby in which Joe Cotton was the favorite and won at 4:5 odds, but he did not bet on the outcome.
    By 1885, Smith had become one of the most touted gamblers in Pittsburgh and had won over $100,000 without ever seeing a horse race run firsthand.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1879
    Age 16
    In the fall of 1879, Smith placed his first bet on a 5:1 odds horse named Gabriel running in a race at the Brighton Beach racetrack at Coney Island.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1872
    Age 9
    The Smith family initially lived on a small farm in Sewickley, Pennsylvania but moved in 1872 to Allegheny City when George Smith was 10 years old.
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  • 1862
    Born
    George Elsworth Smith was born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania in 1862 to Elizabeth ("Eliza") and Christian Smith.
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