Mike Schmidt

Michael Jack Schmidt
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1995
Primary team: Philadelphia Phillies
Primary position: 3rd Baseman

“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,” Mike Schmidt said.

Michael Jack Schmidt grew up in Dayton, Ohio with a blue-collar work ethic. He carried that mentality onto the baseball field, which helped him get the most of his athletic ability and forever endear him to fans in Philadelphia, where he spent the entirety of his 18-year career.

Schmidt was a second-round pick out of Ohio University in 1971, one pick after George Brett was selected by the Royals. Signed by legendary Phillies scout Tony Lucadello, Schmidt didn’t spend long in the minors, making his major league debut on Sept. 12, 1972. Because of that, he took some lumps as a rookie in 1973, hitting just .196/.324/.373. But Schmidt turned things around in a hurry—making the All-Star team in 1974 and never looking back. Schmidt was a 12-time all-star during his career.

Home runs were Schmidt’s calling card at the plate. He led the National League in homers eight times during his career and his 48 home runs in 1980 set the Major League record for a third baseman, which he held for 27 years until Alex Rodriguez broke it. On April 18, 1987, Schmidt became the 14th member of the 500 home run club and finished his career with 548.

Along with the power, Schmidt also led the National League in strikeouts four times and retired with the third-most strikeouts in major league history. However, Schmidt drew walks almost as often as he struck out.

In the field, Schmidt was a graceful defender at third base and was occasionally the Phillies’ emergency shortstop. Schmidt was a 10-time Gold Glove Award winner and won six Silver Slugger Awards. He was voted the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1980, 1981 and 1986.

The Phillies won the World Series in 1980, beating the Royals in six games, and Schmidt was named World Series MVP.

"There are things as a coach you can teach, but natural ability like the raw power [Schmidt] had is a rare gift you see maybe once in a lifetime. Bob Wren, Schmidt’s Ohio University coach "
Bob Wren, Schmidt’s Ohio University coach

Career stats

ESSENTIAL STATS
Year Inducted: 1995
Primary Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Position Played: 3rd Baseman
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Birth place: Dayton, Ohio
Birth year: 1949
Played for:
Philadelphia Phillies (1972-1989)
CAREER AT A GLANCE
GamesG
2404
At BatsAB
8352
RunsR
1506
HitsH
2234
Doubles2B
408
Triples3B
59
Home RunsHR
548
RBIRBI
1595
Stolen BasesSB
174
WalksBB
1507
Batting AverageBA
.267
OPSOPS
.908
On Base %OBP
.380
Slugging %SLG
.527