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Baseball With Matt: Mike Schmidt

Matt Nadel here of Baseball with Matt with another dose of baseball history. In this article, I will be telling you about my favorite baseball player of all time. Some of you who know me personally might think that I love Babe Ruth the most. Wrong. You might then be thinking that it must be Lou Gehrig. Also wrong. Now you are probably thinking that it must be some other Yankee (since the Yanks are my favorite team). Also wrong. In fact, you wouldn’t even be thinking in the correct league. The person who I’m talking about played for the Phillies. He was a gold glove winning third baseman with a powerful bat. If you don’t know who it is, let me tell you. His name is Mike Schmidt.   

Mike Schmidt taking a mighty hack (Courtesy of baseballlibrary.com )

 

A legendary mixture of power and defense molded Mike Schmidt into one of baseball’s greatest third basemen. The powerful right-hander slugged 548 career home runs with 1,595 RBIs in a career in the City of Brotherly Love from 1972 to 1989. He belted 40 or more dingers in three separate seasons and hit a career high 48 in 1980, the year he led the Phils over the Royals in six games for the Phillies’ first World Series win. In one game in 1976 in Chicago, he hit four consecutive round-trippers; a game Philly would win 18-16. A 12-time All-Star, he won three MVP Awards, 10 Gold Gloves and was named The Sporting News Player of the Decade for the 1980s. Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is an impressive career.   

Mike Schmidt (Courtesy of aolnews.com )

 

 

Just a little side note: Schmidt has one of the greatest mustaches in the Hall of Fame. It was so famous at the time he was playing that the Baseball Writers Association of America seems to have caused it to be extra bushy on his Hall of Fame plaque. But, no one can beat Bruce Sutter for most facial hair on a Hall of Fame plaque, right?

Anyway, do you know where Mike was born? Dayton, Ohio! I don’t even know where that is! However, there is a lesson behind me telling you this; you don’t need to live in a big city to do something great. All you need to do is try your hardest and put in as much effort as possible. It doesn’t matter where you live, as long as where you’re living, you try hard.

 

Thanks again for reading my stuff where I plan to keep on bringing to you all the “buzz on what wuzz.”

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