|Mike Schmidt Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 2 in|
|Date of Birth||September 27, 1949|
Mike Schmidt is an American former professional baseball third baseman who played his entire 18-season career in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies. Known for his combination of power-hitting and strong defense, he is considered one of the best athletes of his era and the greatest third baseman in baseball history.
Michael Jack Schmidt
Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, United States
Mike Schmidt studied at Fairview High School located in Dayton, Ohio, and graduated in 1967.
He then enrolled at Ohio University (sometimes referred to as OU), a public research university situated in Athens, Ohio. There, he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity as well as led the Ohio Bobcats baseball team to the College World Series in 1970, and was selected as the shortstop for the 1970 College Baseball All-America Team.
Former Professional Baseball Player
- Father – Joseph Jack Schmidt (1926–2011) (Managed the Philipps Aquatic Club founded by Lois’s great-grandfather Charles A. Philipps)
- Mother – Lois Jane Philipps (1926–2019) (Managed the Philipps Aquatic Club founded by Lois’s great-grandfather Charles A. Philipps)
- Others – Cecil Schmidt (Paternal Grandfather), Dortha Viola Greider (Paternal Grandmother), John Edward Philipps (Maternal Grandfather), Bernice Tinnerman (Maternal Grandmother)
Mike Schmidt has been repped by the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Association, Cooperstown, New York, United States.
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, he has a net worth of $20 Million as of 2023.
6 ft 2 in or 188 cm
88 kg or 194 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Mike Schmidt has dated –
- Donna Wightman (1973-Present) – He got married to Donna Wightman in the year 1973 and the duo has been blessed with 2 children.
Race / Ethnicity
Mike Schmidt is of German and some English descent.
Salt and Pepper
Sports a mustache
Mike Schmidt has been cast in TV commercials for –
- 7-UP (early 80s)
- Lee Jeans (1983)
He was part of an anti-drug PSA TV spot for Cocaine in 1986.
Mike Schmidt Facts
- In the 1971 Major League Baseball draft, he was picked by the Philadelphia Phillies in the second round (30th overall). He was subsequently signed by Phillies scout Tony Lucadello on June 11, 1971. Reportedly, Tony had followed Mike since he played Little League Baseball.
- On June 17, 1971, Mike Schmidt made his professional debut in an exhibition game between the Philadelphia Phillies and their Double-A affiliate the Reading Phillies in Reading, Pennsylvania.
- He was promoted to the Triple-A Eugene Emeralds of the Pacific Coast League in 1972.
- Mike Schmidt was named “The Player of the Decade” of the 1980s by the Sporting News in its January 29, 1990, issue.
- On May 26, 1990, his uniform number “20” was retired by the Philadelphia Phillies before a game at Veterans Stadium.
- He was inducted as a member of the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame in 1990.
- Along with Nolan Ryan, Mike Schmidt was inducted into the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum’s Hall of Excellence (established in 1988) in 1991. With this, they became only the second and third MLB players inducted into the Hall.
- He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995.
- Mike Schmidt was selected as the starting third-baseman by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to the Major League Baseball All-Time Team in 1997.
- In The Sporting News‘s list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, he ranked at #28 in 1999. With this, he became the highest-ranking third baseman and the highest-ranking player whose career began after 1967.
- In 2004, he was honored with a statue outside the third-base gate at Citizens Bank Park.
- He released a wine called Mike Schmidt 548 Zinfandel in 2008.
- Along with Steve Carlton, Richie Ashburn, and Robin Roberts, Mike Schmidt was named one of the Phillies “Franchise Four” on July 14, 2015.
- It was revealed on March 16, 2014, that he battled stage-3 melanoma cancer during the summer of 2013 but was now cancer-free.
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