1995 Headline: Mike Schmidt Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame
Mike Schmidt’s credentials are as impressive as any player to play the game in the last 50 years. If you were to look up the definition of a ‘power hitter’ and ‘defensive specialist’ you could very easily see a reference to Mike Schmidt in both sections.
Schmidt played for 18 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies and was and still is the face of the franchise for many baseball fans. His raw power at the plate drew fans to the ballpark as he put on incredible displays of power while launching ball after ball into the outfield stands. With 548 career home runs, Schmidt blasted 30 or more home runs in 12 of his 18 seasons in the majors. And with 1,595 RBI, he certainly took advantage of have players on base when he was at bat. Schmidt has a career batting average of .267 and hit .300 or better just 1-time. But his job was to produce runs and that is exactly what he did – and at an unbelievable rate too.
And then there is the defense… Schmidt was a 10-time Gold Glove winner at 3rd base. His range, cannon of an arm, and desire to scoop up every ball hit in his direction made Schmidt the most dominant 3rd baseman during the 1980’s.
Elected to the baseball Hall of Fame in 1995, Schmidt was a 12-time All-star. Schmidt may also be the most highly decorated player from the 1980’s as he won 3 MVP award – in 1980, 1981, and 1986.
Schmidt collected 444 of 460 votes cast for election on his first ballot.