Mike Schmidt & The Hall Of Fame Class Of 1995
Mike Schmidt was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on his first ballot in 1995. Of the 460 ballots cast in 1995, Schmidt received votes for entry on 444 of them.
His Hall of Fame plaque reads:
‘Unprecedented combination of power and defense with unusual mixture of strength, coordination, and speed made him one of the game’s greatest third baseman. 7th on all-time list with 548 home runs. His 8 home run titles (1 tie) bettered only by Babe Ruth. Hit 40 or more on three occasions and topped 30 ten other times. 48 home runs in 1980 most ever by a third baseman. Hit 4 in one game in 1976. 3-time MVP with 10 Gold Gloves for fielding excellence’.