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Encyclopedia > Mike Schmidt
Michael Jack Schmidt
Third baseman
Born: September 27, 1949 (1949-09-27) (age 58)
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 12, 1972
for the Philadelphia Phillies
Final game
May 28, 1989
for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
AVG     .267
HR     548
RBI     1,595
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Member of the National
Baseball Hall of Fame
Elected     1995
Vote     96.5% (first ballot)

Michael Jack Schmidt (born September 27, 1949 in Dayton, Ohio) is a former American professional baseball player who played his entire career for the Philadelphia Phillies. Schmidt was voted National League MVP three times, an All-Star 12 times, and received more votes than any other third basemen in 1999's Major League Baseball All-Century Team. In 1995, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. [1] Image File history File links Acap. ... Image File history File links Mike-schmidt. ... The position of the third baseman “Third base” redirects here. ... is the 270th day of the year (271st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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Contents

Career

Mike Schmidt is considered by many to be the greatest third baseman ever to play major league baseball, and for good reason.


The early days

Mike Schmidt graduated from Fairview High School in Dayton, Ohio, in 1967 and enrolled at the Ohio University in Athens. He quickly established himself as the Bobcats' best player, primarily at shortstop. He was successful in the classroom, as well as on the athletic field, majoring in architecture. He was a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. Fairview High School can refer to: Fairview High School (Boulder), in Boulder, Colorado, USA Fairview High School (Alberta), in Fairview, Alberta, Canada Fairview High School (Ashland), in Ashland, Kentucky, USA Fairview High School (Tennessee), in Fairview, Tennessee, USA This is a disambiguation page — a list of articles associated with the... Ohio University (OU) is a public university located in Athens, Ohio that is situated on a 1,800 acre (7. ... Athens is a historic college town in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Ohio, best known as the home of Ohio University. ... Ohio University features 20 varsity sports teams called the Bobcats. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Beta Theta Pi (ΒΘΠ) is a social collegiate fraternity that was founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, USA, where it is part of the Miami Triad which includes Phi Delta Theta and Sigma Chi. ...


The Phillies drafted Schmidt in the second round (30th overall) of the Major League Baseball Draft in 1971. The player selected immediately before Schmidt was another future Hall of Famer, George Brett. Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 14, 20, 32, 36, 42 Name Philadelphia Phillies (1884–present) Philadelphia Quakers (1883-1889) (Also referred to as Blue Jays 1943-1945 despite formal name remaining Phillies) Other nicknames The Phils, The Phightin Phils... The First-Year Player Draft is Major League Baseballs primary mechanism for assigning amateur baseball players, from high schools, colleges, and other amateur baseball clubs, to its teams. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 31 - The new Special Veterans Committee selects seven men for enshrinement to the Hall of Fame: former players Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, Rube Marquard, and executive George Weiss. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... George Howard Brett (born May 15, 1953 in Glen Dale, West Virginia) is a former Major League Baseball player for the Kansas City Royals. ...


The Phillies assigned Schmidt to their farm system where he rapidly progressed, joining the Phillies in 1972. In his first full season, 1973, Schmidt struggled, batting only .196. The following are the events of the year 1972 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January-March January 3 - A group of investors, headed by shipbuilder George Steinbrenner, purchases the New York Yankees from CBS for $10 million. ...


Blossoming

Schmidt had a breakout season in 1974, leading the National League in home runs and demonstrating his prowess in the field. For the rest of the 1970s Schmidt excelled with bat and glove, winning two more home-run titles and a succession of Gold Gloves. He helped the Phillies win three straight division titles from 1976 to 1978, the team's first post-season appearances since 1950. The following are the baseball events of the year 1974 throughout the world. ... For other uses, see National League (disambiguation). ... Homerun redirects here. ... In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 14 - Ted Turner completes the purchase of 100 percent of the Atlanta Braves. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1978 throughout the world. ...


Schmidt had a powerful arm and was especially talented at fielding short grounders barehanded. His 404 assists in 1974 remain a record for third basemen. Schmidt also filled in at shortstop and first base when needed. Statistics are very important to baseball, perhaps as much as they are for cricket, and more than almost any other sport. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1974 throughout the world. ... The position of the first baseman First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a base runner in order to score a run for that players team. ...


On June 10, 1974, Schmidt hit what many felt should have been a home run when the ball hit the public address speaker that hung 117 feet above and 329 feet away from home plate at the Astrodome in Houston. The ball hit the speaker, fell to the field, and, by the Astrodome's ground rules, remained in play. Since Schmidt had already started his slow home-run trot, he was held to a single. (There were runners on first and second when the ball was hit, and they each advanced only one base.) Many experts agree the ball would have traveled in excess of 500 feet. is the 161st day of the year (162nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1974 throughout the world. ... The Reliant Astrodome, formerly just the Astrodome, is a domed sports stadium in Houston, Texas, and is part of the Reliant Park complex. ... Houston redirects here. ...


In 1976, Schmidt hit 12 home runs in Philadelphia's first 15 games, including 4 in one game on April 17[1]. No one had hit this many home runs so quickly. The feat was later tied by Alex Rodriguez in 2007. Schmidt won his first of 10 Gold Gloves that year and carried the Phillies to the 1976 NLCS where he hit .308. This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 14 - Ted Turner completes the purchase of 100 percent of the Atlanta Braves. ... Alexander Emmanuel Alex Rodriguez (born July 27, 1975, in New York, New York), commonly nicknamed A-Rod, is a Dominican-American baseball infielder. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2007 throughout the world. ...


In 1980, Schmidt elevated his game, leading the league in home runs with 48 (by a margin of 13 over his nearest competition), and winning the National League's Most Valuable Player Award in a unanimous vote. The Phillies reached the World Series and, for the first (and only) time in team history, won it, defeating the Kansas City Royals, led by George Brett. Schmidt was selected as MVP of the World Series, hitting two homers and driving in seven runs. This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 9 - Al Kaline and Duke Snider are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... haha ... Major league affiliations American League (1969–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 10, 20, 42 Name Kansas City Royals (1969–present) Other nicknames The Boys in Blue Ballpark Kauffman Stadium (1973–present) a. ... George Howard Brett (born May 15, 1953 in Glen Dale, West Virginia) is a former Major League Baseball player for the Kansas City Royals. ... The World Series MVP Award is given to the player who most contributes to his teams success in the World Series. ...


Coincidentally, Schmidt broke the club record for home runs in a season, Chuck Klein's 43 in 1929. Schmidt's team record would stand for 26 years until first baseman and 2006 National League MVP Ryan Howard hit 58 home runs in 2006. Charles Herbert Klein (October 7, 1904 - March 28, 1958) was a Major League Baseball player who played for the Philadelphia Phillies (1928-33, 1936-39, 1940-44), Chicago Cubs (1934-36) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1939). ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1929 throughout the world. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... Ryan James Howard (born November 19, 1979 in St. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ...


In 1981, the Phillies again reached the postseason and Schmidt won his second MVP Award. In 1983, in celebration of the team's 100th anniversary, Schmidt was voted by fans as the greatest player in the history of the franchise. That year, Schmidt led the Phillies back to the World Series, but they were defeated by the Baltimore Orioles. The following are the baseball events of the year 1981 throughout the world. ... The 1981 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 1981 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 6, and ended on Sunday, October 11. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1983 throughout the world. ... Dates: October 11 – October 16 MVP: Rick Dempsey (Baltimore) Television: ABC Announcers: Al Michaels, Howard Cosell and Earl Weaver Umpires: Marty Springstead (AL), Ed Vargo (NL), Al Clark (AL), Frank Pulli (NL), Steve Palermo (AL), Dutch Rennert (NL) ALCS: Baltimore Orioles over Chicago White Sox (3-1) NLCS: Philadelphia Phillies... This article is about the contemporary American major league baseball team. ...


In 1985, Schmidt played primarily first base from late-May through the end of the season. In 1986, Schmidt won his third MVP Award, a record for a third baseman. In 1987, Schmidt hit his career 500th home run in Pittsburgh, in the ninth inning of a game, providing the winning margin in an 8-6 victory. This article is about the year. ... The position of the first baseman First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a base runner in order to score a run for that players team. ... This article is about the year. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 8 - Willie McCovey is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, and becomes the 16th player elected in his first year of eligibility. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 14 - Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... Pittsburgh redirects here. ...


Retirement

Injuries to Schmidt's knees and back caused him to miss much of the 1988 season. After a poor start to the 1989 season, Schmidt chose to suddenly announce his retirement in San Diego, on May 29. Known as "Captain Cool" by many in Philadelphia sports circles, Schmidt surprised many with an emotional, and occasionally tearful, retirement speech. Despite his poor start and subsequent retirement, or because of it, fans again voted Schmidt to the NL All-Star team. This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 12 - Former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Willie Stargell is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... 1989 in baseball - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... San Diego redirects here. ... is the 149th day of the year (150th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Awards

Over his career Schmidt set a vast array of hitting and fielding records. In addition to his MVP Awards, Schmidt won ten Gold Gloves, led the league in home runs eight times, in RBI four times, OPS five times, and walks four times. He was named to twelve All-Star teams. Schmidt finished his career with 548 home runs and 1,595 RBI, two of the many Phillies career records he holds. In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... Statistics are very important to baseball, perhaps as much as they are for cricket, and more than almost any other sport. ... Statistics are very important to baseball, perhaps as much as they are for cricket, and more than almost any other sport. ... Statistics are very important to baseball, perhaps as much as they are for cricket, and more than almost any other sport. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the respective managers (from the previous years World...


In the year after his retirement, Schmidt spent one season as a member of the Phillies broadcast team on the now-defunct PRISM network. He was known as a very candid and honest broadcaster despite his limited experience in the area.


In 1995, Schmidt was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame with what was then the 4th-highest percentage ever, 96.52% (Nolan Ryan and George Brett surpassed his percentage in 1999). The following are the baseball events of the year 1995 throughout the world. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... Lynn Nolan Ryan, Jr. ... George Howard Brett (born May 15, 1953 in Glen Dale, West Virginia) is a former Major League Baseball player for the Kansas City Royals. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1999 throughout the world. ...


Schmidt opted, at first, to pursue a more private lifestyle after his career, rather than to become a manager or coach. He has written a number of articles on baseball for CBS and regularly participates in charity golf tournaments. New York Yankees manager Joe Torre returning to the dugout (September 2005) In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager (or more formally, the field manager); this individual controls matters of team batting order to more closely communicate with baserunners, but most managers delegate this responsibility... In sports, a coach is an individual involved in the direction and instruction of the on-field operations of an athletic team or of individual athletes. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... This article is about the sport. ...


In 1999, he ranked number 28 on The Sporting News's list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, the highest-ranking third baseman, and the highest-ranking player whose career began after 1967. Later that year, he was elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. The following are the baseball events of the year 1999 throughout the world. ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ... In 1998, The Sporting News compiled a list of Baseballs Greatest Players. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1967 throughout the world. ... In 1999, MasterCard sponsored the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. ...


His uniform number 20 has been retired by the Phillies, and he has been honored with a statue outside the third-base gate at the team's new home, Citizens Bank Park. Citizens Bank Park is a 43,647-seat baseball-only stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that opened on April 3, 2004 and hosted its first regular season baseball game on April 12 of that same year, as the tenants of the facility, the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Cincinnati Reds, 4...


Miscellaneous

Schmidt has publicly expressed his thoughts on various baseball controversies. He has been a vocal advocate for the reinstatement of Pete Rose to baseball. In July 2005, he appeared on Bob Costas' HBO show Costas Now to discuss steroids, and said, "Let me go out on a limb and say that if I had played during that era I would have taken steroids... We all have these things we deal with in life, and I'm surely not going to sit here and say to you guys, 'I wouldn't have done that.'" In his 2006 book, "Clearing the Bases: Juiced Players, Shrinking Ballparks, Sham Records, and a Hall of Famer's Search for the Soul of Baseball", he somewhat recanted that statement, saying that he understood the desire to get a competitive advantage even though he could not condone breaking the rules to do so. An advocate is one who speaks on behalf of another, especially in a legal context. ... Peter Edward Pete Rose, Sr. ... Robert Quinlan Costas (born March 22, 1952) is an American sportscaster, on the air for the NBC network since the early 1980s. ... For other uses, see HBO (disambiguation). ...


In 2002, Schmidt was hired by the Phillies to work for several weeks as a hitting coach, each spring training. In October 2003, Schmidt was named the manager of the Clearwater Threshers in the Florida State League, a Single A team within the Phillies minor league system. He managed them in the 2004 season and then resigned. This year in baseball: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 8 - Ozzie Smith is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. ... In sports, a coach or manager is an individual involved in the direction and instruction of the on-field operations of an athletic team or of individual athletes. ... A Grapefruit League game at the LA Dodgers camp in Vero Beach, Florida In Major League Baseball, spring training is a series of exhibition games which precedes the regular season. ... 2003 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December A timeline of events in the news for October, 2003. ... Class-Level Class A (Advanced) Minor League affiliations Florida State League West Division Major League affiliation Philadelphia Phillies (2004-present) Name Clearwater Threshers (2004-present) Clearwater Phillies (1985-2003) Ballpark Bright House Networks Field Jack Russell Stadium Minor League titles League titles Division titles 2007 Owner(s)/Operated By: Philadelphia... The Florida State League is a minor league baseball league which operates in the state of Florida. ... This is a list of minor league baseball leagues and teams in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. ... For the organization which many minor leagues belong to, see Minor League Baseball Part of the History of baseball series. ...


Mike Schmidt is the father of the Los Angeles Pitcher Jason Schmidt.


Style of play

Schmidt demonstrated little emotion on the field and was perceived as being somewhat aloof.[citation needed] He had an unusual batting stance, turning his back somewhat to the pitcher and waving his posterior while waiting for the pitch. By standing far back in the batter's box, it was impossible to jam him by pitching inside. Schmidt was one of the best athletes of his time; teammate Pete Rose once said, "To have his body, I'd trade him mine and my wife's, and I'd throw in some cash." This article is about the player in baseball. ... Peter Edward Pete Rose, Sr. ...


See also

Players denoted in boldface are are still actively contributing to the record noted. ... In the sport of baseball, a home run is the act of hitting the ball in such a manner, whether out of the park or in (see inside the park home run), that allows the batter to safely reach home and score in one play. ... In Major League Baseball, the 500 Home Run Club is an informal term applied to the group of players who have hit 500 or more career home runs. ... Listed below are the Major League Baseball players who have hit 30 or more home runs before the All-Star break (multiple occurrences denoted into parentheses). ... Below is the list of Major League Baseball players who have reached the 2,000 hit milestone. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with List of Major League Baseball all-time leaders in doubles. ... Below is the list of 295 Major League Baseball players who have reached the 1,000 Runs milestone. ... Below is the list of 252 Major League Baseball players who have reached the 1,000 RBI milestone. ... Major League Baseball recognizes runs batted in champions in the American League and National League each season. ... Major League Baseball recognizes home run champions in the American League and National League each season. ... Major League Baseball recognizes runs scored champions in the American League and National League each season. ... Listed below are the 15 occurrences of Major League Baseball players who have hit four home runs in a single game. ... Listed below are the occurrences of Major League Baseball players who have hit three home runs in a single game. ... At the end of each Major League Baseball season, the league leaders of various statistical categories are announced. ...

Bibliography

  • Always on the Offense, Antheneum, 1982. ISBN 0-689-11165-7. (With Barbara Walder.)

References

  1. ^ Mike Schmidt. National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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