Claremore Daily Progress


July 2, 2014

‘Born to call the Hogs’

Claremore’s Smith eyes baseball dream to play at Baum Stadium

CLAREMORE — There’s something sacred about ‘Woo Pig Sooie’ that gives Claremore senior pitcher/first baseman Cameron Smith chills every time he’s inside Baum Stadium watching his favorite team — the Arkansas Razorbacks.

The son of the late Kerry Wayne Smith, Cameron Smith shares a passion for the Razorbacks — instilled by his father at an early age — and has dreams of honoring his dad’s love for baseball one day in that ‘Cardinal Red/White’ uniform.

Years ago, on Sept. 19, 2009, Cameron Smith’s hero and life-long coach — Kerry Wayne Smith — passed away at the age of 46.

For Cameron Smith, though, he didn’t just lose a father, he lost his best friend and biggest supporter.

To this day, Cameron Smith doesn’t say much on the baseball field, but rather lets his actions speak ... whether he’s hitting piercing doubles off the Nabatak sign in right-center field or scooping balls out of the dirt to make the routine play at first base.

Baseball is a game that comes natural to Claremore’s senior leader and ‘crafty’ left-hander.

When asked several years ago where he wanted to play collegiately, Cameron Smith quickly replied, “the Arkansas Razorbacks.”

And, why Arkansas?

It’s the only team he’s rooted for since he came into this world as the son of Kerry and Tammy Smith.

A lot of baseball players raised in Rogers County have dreams of playing for the home-state teams — Oklahoma, Oklahoma State or Oral Roberts — but not Cameron Smith.

There’s only one team on his radar that holds a special place in his heart.


It was his father’s team and his father’s dream to one day watch his son, Cameron, competing for national championships as a Razorback inside Baum Stadium.

A legacy that started years ago when Kerry and Tammy began their marriage in Fayetteville, Ark., and later moving to Claremore.

The birth of their three children — Eric, Kara (Smith) Rowe and Cameron Smith — knew early on in their lives that ‘Woo Pig Soooieee’ would cement this family’s love for years to come.

To this day, Cameron Smith and his family never miss an opportunity to make the short drive up U.S. Hwy 412 to Fayetteville.

They’re still ticket holders for Razorback football, basketball and baseball games.

Inside Baum Stadium, though, is where Cameron Smith finds his ‘comfort zone’.

Sitting in his seat, along the first or third-base line, Cameron Smith looks out across the diamond and pictures himself wearing that Razorback uniform with No. 10 on the back.

Cameron Smith’s dream began early in life while playing catch in the backfield with his father.

Those that knew Kerry Wayne Smith, knew that family came first and baseball followed close behind.

Kerry Wayne Smith never missed an opportunity to watch his youngest son, Cameron, progress through America’s Favorite Pastime - baseball.

Whether it was on the diamond at Powers Park or during a competitive tournament in Tulsa, Kerry Wayne Smith was right there coaching Cameron and preparing him for his ‘golden opportunity’ that awaits in Fayetteville.

It’s been six years since his father’s passing, but Cameron Smith still takes the field and looks out in right field at the Nabatak sign that honors his father’s commitment to hard work, family values and a love for the game of baseball.

And, each time he steps into the batter’s box, Cameron Smith hears this small voice from above — his father telling him to be patient and wait on your pitch.

Not a day goes by that Cameron Smith doesn’t long to play catch with his father or ask him for baseball advice.

But, the love he has from his mom, Tammy, and siblings Eric and Kara, go a long ways in helping ease the pain of not having his ‘best friend, coach and proud Hog caller.’

If all goes according to Kerry Wayne Smith’s plan, it won’t be long til he’s watching Cameron Smith ripping RBI-doubles from his seat behind home plate in ‘Hog Heaven.’

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