Twenty four years ago today, Michael Jack Schmidt launched a towering 3 run home run. It was only the 11th game of the 1987 season, but it was a historical home run on a few levels. First, it was a prime example of Schmidt’s clutch hitting. This particular blast came in the top of the ninth, there were 2 outs and 2 runners on with the Phillies down 5-6 against the Pirates. Schmidt’s home run would prove to be the game winning hit as the Phillies would go on to win 8-6. Secondly, and most importantly, this particular home run was Schmidt’s 500th career homer.
At the time, Schmidt became only the 14th player to hit 500 home runs (currently there are 25 members of the 500 HR club). Of the 14, Schmidt was only the second pure 3rd baseman to hit 500 along with Eddie Mathews (Harmon Killebrew played a little 3B but also played a few other positions). Schmidt was 1 of 13 right handers to hit 500 homeruns, and of the remaining 12 in the 500 HR club, 10 were left-handed and 2 were switcher hitters. Schmidt was 37 years, 203 days old and had played in 7,336 games across 15+ seasons when he hit his 500th homer. He currently sits 15th overall on the career homeruns list.
A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.
April 10, 1947
Scoring the winning run, June 1952
Stealing home at Ebbets Field, May 18, 1952
Crossing the plate after his first major league home run.
The 1955 World Champion Brooklyn Dodgers
1957, Jackie retires from baseball
The way I figured it, I was even with baseball and baseball with me. The game had done much for me, and I had done much for it.
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The New York Knickerbockers were founded in 1946. The first game the Knickerbockers played was on November 1, 1946 against the Toronto Huskies at Maple Leaf Gardens. They defeated the Huskies with a score of 68-66. We found this great game advertisement below. If you were taller than 6'8" George Nostrand, then you were admitted free to the Knickerbockers opening game!
In 1947, Japanese player Wataru Misaka joined the Knickerbockers. The Knickerbockers were the first team to have a non-Caucasian player to join their roster. Misaka was the first non-Caucasian person to play in the Basketball Association of America (now known as the National Basketball Association.) The photo below shows New York Knickerbockers Coach Joe Lapchick with Wat Misaka and Lee Knorek in 1947.
During the first decade of the NBA's existence, the Knickerbockers made the NBA Finals in three straight years, from 1951-1953.
On February 14, 1968, the very first NBA game was played at the current Madison Square Garden. The New York Knicks defeated the San Diego Rockets 114 - 102.
Due to the Knicks' poor performance in the 1984-85 season, the team entered into the first-ever NBA Draft Lottery. The Knicks were the first winner of the lottery in 1985 and they selected Patrick Ewing of Georgetown University.
The first New York Knickerbocker number to be retired belongs to Willis Reed, number 19. Reed's number was retired on October 21, 1976. Reed was also the first Knick ever to be named NBA Rookie of the Year.
Last week a couple of us took a trip to visit our friends at Grey Flannel Auctions. In case you don’t know, Grey Flannel Auctions is an industry leader in sports memorabilia auctions and appraisals. They help us a lot with our reproduction of vintage jerseys and have a wealth of information that they are always willing to share with us.
They have a new auction happening soon and we wanted to check out some of the great stuff that will be up for sale so off to Westhampton, NY we went. We were able to see some amazing game worn uniforms and of course we want to share with you some of what we saw.
Late 1970's UCLA Bruins Warm - Up
1968 - 69 Wilt Chamberlain Jersey (Note the spots of blood on the "S" of the Lakers logo.)
Late 1970's Dick Vermeil Staff Jacket ( We love the "DV" handwritten on the neck label.)
1972 - 73 Julius Erving Virginia Squires Jersey (We love the inside labeling on this and found it interesting that this jersey was made in Philadelphia by Pearson Sporting Goods.)
1992 - 93 Larry Johnson Jersey (Notice that the "J" is larger than the rest of the letters. We don't know why it's this way but we thought it was interesting.)
1970 - 71 Philadelphia 76ers Warm - Up Jacket
John Wooden Staff Jacket
Roberto Clemente 1959 Vest (Yeah, this one pretty much blew our minds.)
Pretty amazing stuff, don’t you think? We were in awe of what we were able to see and touch. We can’t thank Matt and Darren enough for their time and hospitality.
To see or learn more about some of the above images be sure to click here. Thanks again to everyone at Grey Flannel Auctions. Hope to see you again soon.
Swizz Beatz was seen wearing the Mitchell & Ness New York Knicks Downtown Track Jacket