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Mike Schmidt

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt

Profession: MLB Third Baseman

United States of America

Biography: Played 18 seasons in the MLB for the Philadelphia Phillies. He won the NL MVP Award three times, and was best known for his combination of power hitting and strong defense. He led the NL in home runs eight times and won the Gold Glove Award ten times. He is considered one of the greatest third baseman in baseball history.

Born: September 27, 1949
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, USA
Age: 72 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Libra

Married Life

  • 1974-02-16 MLB player Mike Schmidt (24) weds Donna Wightman

Historical Events

  • 1974-06-10 Mike Schmidt hits a ball off public address speaker on Astrodome roof
  • 1975-04-26 Phillies Mike Schmidt's 2 HRs ties NL record of 11 HRs in April
  • 1976-04-17 NL greatest comeback: trailing 12-1, Philadelphia Phillies beat Chicago Cubs, 18-16 in 10 innings at Wrigley Field; Mike Schmidt hits 4 consecutive HRs
  • 1980-10-04 Future Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt's 2-run homer off Stan Bahnsen in 11th inning gives Philadelphia, 6-4 win v Montreal and NL East title; Schmidt's 48th of the season; breaks Eddie Mathews' single-season MLB record for 3rd basemen
  • 1980-10-21 Baseball World Series: Philadelphia Phillies beat KC Royals, 4-1 at Veterans Stadium to secure series, 4-2; first championship in franchise history; MVP: Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt
  • 1980-11-26 Mike Schmidt is unanimous choice as NL MVP
  • 1981-08-14 Phils Mike Schmidt hits his 300th career HR off NY Met Mike Scott
  • 1981-11-18 Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt wins his 2nd consecutive NL MVP
  • 1986-11-19 Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt wins NL MVP
  • 1987-04-18 Mike Schmidt hits 500th home run (vs Robinson-Pirates)
  • 1987-08-28 Mike Schmidt passes Ted Williams & Willie McCovey with 522 HRs
  • 1988-05-20 Mike Schmidt hits his 535th HR, moving into 8th place
  • 1988-07-14 Mike Schmidt passes Mickey Mantle with his 537th HR into 7th place
  • 1988-07-26 Mike Schmidt sets NL record appearing in 2,155 games at 3rd base, as Phillies & NY Mets end that game at 2:13 AM
  • 1989-05-29 Philadelphia Phillies 12-time All Star 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt retires from MLB at 39
  • 1989-07-06 Ex-Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt becomes the first retired MLB player to be named to start the All Star game; he elects not to play
  • 1990-05-26 Philadelphia Phillies retire future Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt's uniform #20
  • 1995-01-08 Philadelphia Phillies 12-time All Star third baseman Mike Schmidt is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1995-07-30 Richie Ashburn and Mike Schmidt enter baseball's Hall of Fame

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