Mike Schmidt:Short Biorgraphy

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Mike Schmidt Mike Schmidt is arguably the best third basemen to ever play the game. In addition to his many accomplishments as a baseball player, from taking his team to the college world series in 1970 to leading the Phillies to their first world series title in 1980, he has also transcended sports since his retirement. He’s a well-educated, philanthropic man who signifies the ideals of sport in America. Schmidt was born on September 27, 1949 in Dayton, Ohio. With his combination of power hitting and defensive ability, Schmidt may have been the greatest third baseman in baseball history. He won a record eight NL home run titles, three most valuable player awards, and ten Gold Gloves, second only to Brooks Robinson. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Schmidt joined the Philadelphia Phillies late in the 1972 season and played all four infield positions in 1973, when he was terrible offensively. He struck out 136 times in just 367 at-bats and hit only .196. Playing winter ball in Puerto Rico after that season, Schmidt "found a swing that made things happen," as he put it. He returned to the Phillies in 1974 to lead the league with 36 home runs and a .546 slugging percentage while hitting a respectable .282. Schmidt was the league leader with 38 home runs each of the next two years and he led in walks with 120 in 1979. He won his first most valuable player award in 1980, when he had a league-leading 48 home runs, 121 RBI, and .624 slugging percentage. In Philadelphia's six-game World Series victory over the Kansas City Royals, Schmidt batted .381 with 2 home runs and 7 RBI. He repeated as MVP in the strike-shortened 1981 season, when he hit 31 home runs, scored 78 runs, had 91 RBI and a .644 slugging percentage to lead the league in each category. Schmidt led in home runs again with 40 in 1983 and 36 in 1984, when he also had a league-leading 106 RBI. In 1986, Schmidt

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