September 27, 1949, in
Michael Jack Schmidt
Major League Debut:
Teams Played For:
Philadelphia Phillies (1972-1989)
976 NLCS, 1977 NLCS, 1978 NLCS, 1980 NLCS, 1980 World Series, 1981 NLDS, 1983 NLCS, 1983 World Series
All-Star (12): 1974, 1976-1977, 1979-1984, 1986-1987, 1989; National League Most Valuable Player 1980-1981, 1986; Gold Glove (10): 1976-1984, 1986; 1980 World Series MVP
An unprecedented combination of power and defense molded Mike Schmidt into one of the game's greatest third basemen. The powerful right-handed hitter slugged 548 career home runs, belted 40 or more long balls in three separate seasons, and hit 30 or more home runs 10 other times. He established a major league record for third baseman by clouting 48 homers in 1980 and once hit four consecutive round-trippers in a single game in 1976. A three-time National League MVP, he was a 12-time All-Star, won 10 Gold Gloves, and was named the “Sporting News” Player of the Decade for the 1980s.
"He brings such formidable attention and intelligence to bear on the enemy pitcher that one senses that the odds have almost been reversed. It is the man on the mound, not the one up at the plate, who is in worse trouble from the start."
— author Roger Angell
Did You Know?...
On June 10, 1974, Mike Schmidt hit a ball off a speaker hanging from the Astrodome roof, over 100 feet above the field and 300 feet from home plate
Hall of Fame:
Elected to Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers in 1995, Player
444 votes on 460 ballots 96.52%
Hall of Fame Teammate:
Home Run Milestone
500th home run: http://youtu.be/iXAQj6s6HGA
548th home run: http://youtu.be/BpqcxL-W3xE