Today marks the 63rd birthday of Hall of Famer Michael Jack Schmidt. Born in Dayton, Ohio on September 27th, 1949, Schmidt is best remembered for his seventeen years of service with the Philadelphia Phillies in the 70s and 80s. Even after his retirement, Schmidt worked for the Phillies organization as a hitting coach and manager for its Single A team, the Clearwater Threshers.
Schmidt is an icon in the city of Philadelphia. He led the 1980 Phillies to a World Series Championship, the first and only Baseball World Championship in the city’s history at the time. His #20 jersey is retired by the team and he even has his own statue outside of Citizens Bank Park in South Philadelphia. Even nationally, Schmidt is regarded as one of, if not, the best third baseman to ever play the game. He combined freak athleticism with raw power at a position that was typically reserved for smaller, defensive oriented players.
Over seventeen seasons, Schmidt hit 548 home runs while winning ten gold glove awards. Until Schmidt, only Harmon Killebrew and Eddie Matthews hit 500+ homers as a third baseman, and Killebrew played more first base than third. Schmidt’s ten gold gloves only trails Brooks Robinson for most career gold gloves by a third baseman. Schmidt hit a career .267, knocked in 1,595 runs and scored 1,506 runs. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995 as a first ballot selection.
Happy Birthday Mike!
Here are a few more coming soons from our MLB Authentic Jersey Spring '12 release. Check out Mitchellandness.com later this month for the rest of our new releases!
Hunter Pence has quickly become a Philly fan favorite after arriving just a short time ago. He was a perfect choice for this town filled with emotionally driven sports fans. He has brought an energy and excitement back to this team that brings back memories of the ever illustrious 2008 team that brought home the title.
We are so excited to see him on the new cover of Philadelphia Magazine in our Philadelphia Phillies jersey pictured above! This piece from 1900 is a perfect fit for the athlete who mirrors the image of a past-time player, exuding the likeness of past legends Ty Cobb, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Honus Wagner & Walter Johnson, to name a few.
After a roller coaster ride of September baseball, the 2011 MLB Playoff teams are now set.
(1) Philadelphia Phillies vs (4) St. Louis Cardinals
(2) Milwaukee Brewers vs (3) Arizona Diamondbacks
(1) New York Yankees vs (3) Detroit Tigers
(2) Texas Rangers vs (4) Tampa Bay Rays
Keeping in mind that the National League will have home field advantage due to winning the All-Star game, who do you think will win the 2011 World Series Championship?
Today marks the 90th anniversary of baseball’s first radio broadcast. Way back on August 5th, 1921, the Pittsburgh Pirates played the Philadelphia Phillies at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. On any ordinary day, this particular game would not have been a hot topic in the world of sports. The Pirates were sitting atop the National League with a record of 64-35, while the Phillies sat in the basement of the National League with a record of 30-68. But this was no ordinary day.
For the first time in Major League Baseball history, baseball enthusiasts would be able to follow their favorite team without actually attending the game. The broadcast was put together by the local radio network KDKA, and the game was called by KDKA staffer Harold Arlin. While the matchup was not ideal for this historical broadcast, the game proved to be very entertaining. The Phillies and Pirates would change leads 3 times and take a tied game into the bottom of the 8th inning. The home team would score 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th, however, and the Pirates ended up winning the game 8-5. KDKA proved to be a pioneer for sports radio broadcasting. It would also broadcast the first on air boxing match (Johnny Dundee vs. Johnny Ray in April) and college football game (Pitt vs. WVU in October) that same year.