Daily Archives: September 27, 2013

Mike Schmidt’s Super Sweet Autograph

Mike Schmidt’s Super Sweet Autograph

It seems like the stars from the 1980’s really took tim in perfecting their autographs.  In my opinion, some of the best signatures in baseball are from players that solidified their status as baseball royalty during that decade.

Among the group are Ozzie Smith, Andre Dawson, Dale Murphy, Wade Boggs, Orel Hershiser, and of course Mike Schmidt.

Just take a look at how nicely Schmidt puts his signature on a baseball:

I’m proud to be the owner of one of these signed balls.  I would love a bat to match!!

Mike Schmidt’s Very Emotional Retirement Press Conference

Mike Schmidt’s Very Emotional Retirement Press Conference

On May 29, 1989 Mike Schmidt retired from the game of baseball.

Watching this video still gives me chills…

I remember this press conference like it was yesterday.  Even as a 13-year old kid, I understood how hard it was for a player like Mike Schmidt to leave the game of baseball.  One of the game’s biggest stars for close to 2 decades, Schmidt solidified himself as one of the greatest power hitters of all-time.

With a resume filled with elite milestones, Schmidt was able to leave the game as one its greatest players but that did not make the final decision any easier for him.

Cheers to you Mike Schmidt – A baseball hero and a class act!!!

Mike Schmidt & The 500 Home Runs Club

Mike Schmidt & The 500 Home Runs Club

On April 18, 1987 Michael Jack Schmidt hit the 500th home run of is incredible career!!

I remember watching the highlights of this game.  The joy that Schmidt shared with us as he rounded the bases while pumping his fists is one of the greatest memories I have of baseball from 1980’s.  Rarely do you see a player emit so much joy during a game, but Schmidt did not hold back and I am thankful that  I was able to enjoy his moment with him.

Schmidt finished his career with 548 home runs which places him in 15th place on the all-time list.

Mike Schmidt Is A 3-Time National League Most Valuable Player

Mike Schmidt Is A 3-Time National League Most Valuable Player

Only ten players in the history of major league baseball have been named a league MVP three times or more.

Mike Schmidt is one of those men!!!

And his numbers from those three seasons are superb.

Have a look:

1980 1981 1986
Hits 157 112 160
Avg 0.286 0.316 0.29
On-Base 0.33 0.435 0.39
Doubles 25 19 29
HR 48 31 37
RBI 121 91 119
Runs 104 78 97

Mike Schmidt – Your 1980 World Series MVP

Mike Schmidt – Your 1980 World Series MVP

Mike Schmidt was the offensive force behind the 1980 Philadelphia Phillies and their World Series championship.

After an unimpressive series against the Houston Astros in the NLCS, Schmidt took his game to another level when his team faced off against the Kansas City Royals for the World Series.

In the series, Schmidt hit .381 while collecting 8 hits in 21 at-bats.  He was responsible for driving in 7 runs in the 6-game series, while also scoring six times.  Schmidt had a .462 on-base percentage in the match-up and went on to be named as the World Series MVP.

Mike Schmidt Is A 9-Time Gold Glove Award Winner

Mike Schmidt Is A 9-Time Gold Glove Award Winner

When the discussion of the greatest defensive third baseman in baseball history is brought up, the conversation ends almost always between two players – Brooks Robinson and Mike Schmidt.

Both men were magicians at the ‘Hot Corner’ and their ability to make impossible plays seem effortless put them on a level that no one else has reached.

Mike Schmidt won 9 Gold Gloves for his defensive excellence.  His first win of the award came in 1976.  And he went on to capture the award in 9 of the next 10 seasons.

Mike Schmidt Owns 6 Silver Slugger Awards

Mike Schmidt Owns 6 Silver Slugger Awards

Mike Schmidt was awarded with the Silver Slugger award 6 times during his playing days with the Phillies.

A dominant third baseman that was known for his power and run producing ability, Schmidt was as feared as any hitter in the National League during the 1980’s.

Schmidt’s first Silver Slugger award came in 1980.  He went on to capture the award in 6 of the next 7 seasons.

Mike Schmidt Is A 12-Time All-Star

Mike Schmidt Is A 12-Time All-Star

Mike Schmidt made the All-Star team in 12 of his 18 major league seasons.  That is a very respectable 66.7% clip.

His first selection came in 1974, just his second full season in the big leagues.  And from there, he would go on to appear in 8 of the next 10 All-Star games.

Schmidt’s final All-star team selection came during his final season in the major leagues – 1989.  A truly fitting way for him to end his professional career.

Mike Schmidt’s 1973 Rookie Season

Mike Schmidt’s 1973 Rookie Season

Mike Schmidt’s entry into the major leagues was far from spectacular.  And far from memorable too.

I have to think that after appearing in 13 games in 1972 that Mike Schmidt had his detractors.  Was he worthy a second round draft selection?  Could he be an everyday player?

Here are his numbers from those 13 games:  .206 batting average, 7 hits, 1 home run, 2 runs scored, 3 RBI, 10 total bases, 5 walks and 15 strikeouts in 34 at-bats.

I’m happy to see that the Phillies had faith in their 22-year old rookie.  I am not certain that after a debut like that that a club in today’s era would remain on the roster…

Happy Birthday Mike Schmidt!!!

Happy Birthday Mike Schmidt!!!

That’s right arguably the best 3rd baseman in baseball’s incredible history is celebrating his birthday as he is 64 years old today!!

Happy Birthday to the only 3rd baseman to hit 500+ home runs, win 3 MVP awards, and an amazing 10 Gold Gloves!!!

Throughout the course of the day we will celebrate Mike Schmidt.  Stay tuned – it will be a fun day!!

Happy Birthday to Michael Jack Schmidt!!!