Schmidt, Mike

Michael Jack Schmidt
Born: September 27, 1949, Dayton, Ohio
Played For: 
Philadelphia Phillies (1972-1989)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1995

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 basemen 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.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that 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?
If you could equate the amount of time and effort put in mentally and physically into succeeding on the baseball field and measured it by the dirt on your uniform, mine would have been black.