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Sports Executive
    (September 27, 1933- )
    Born in Framingham, Massachusetts
    Birth name is Talbot Smith
    General Manager for the Houston Astros (1965-1967, 1975-1980, 2007 (acting))
    Co-General Manager of the New York Yankees (1974-1975)
    President of the Houston Astros (1994- )
    Won the The Sporting News Executive of the Year Award (1980)
    Father of Randy Smith
    He was fired as the general manager following the Astros' successful 1980 season.
    The mound in Minute Maid Park's center field where fielders could get hurt is nicknamed 'Tal's Hill.'
    He didn't cooperate well with George Steinbrenner in his time with the Yankees.
    He made poor trades most of his time in Houston as the general manager.
    In his first year as the Astros' general manager, the team lost 97 games (1967).
    He bears a resemblance to Gary Oldman in 'Bram Stoker's Dracula.'
    He has a degree in business administration from Duke University.
    He served in the U.S. Air Force.
    He played an architectural role behind the Astros' first playoff team in 1980.
    He came up with the idea for the playing surface for the Astrodome, Astroturf.
    He was hired as an original employee of the Houston Colt .45's.
    He was a Major League Baseball executive for decades.
    His son Randy, was once one of the youngest general managers in major league history.

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