An undistinguished reserve for parts of seven ML seasons, Smith was sent to Minneapolis
of the American Association
in 1922. He became one of the great minor league hitters,
active until he was 44. Playing mostly in the American Association
, he consistently
hit over .300. His minor league highs were a .353 BA, 64 doubles (which led the league),
25 stolen bases, and 139 runs in 1924, and 31 HR and 156 RBI in 1925.