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Then & Now: Record-setting baby at St. Joseph’s Hospital

William James Smith III drew a crowd at St. Joseph’s Hospital when he became the heaviest baby ever born at the facility on April 9, 1973. A line formed to see the 13-pound-11-ounce newborn, said his father, William Smith Jr., pictured here holding his infant son in a photograph published in The Tampa Times on April 13, 1973. Even NBC national news showed up, he said. The father and son shared the front page with then-Vice President Spiro Agnew, who was said to be “appalled” by the Watergate affair and how the administration handled it. At the time, Smith Jr. was planning the boy’s professional football career. Though he didn’t go on to play ball, at 6 foot 3 inches and 220 pounds, “he’s still a big boy,” his father said.  

Julio Ochoa

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