Mike Schmidt’s Hall of Fame induction speech

Mike Schmidt played 18 seasons for the Philadelphia Phillies, and in that time, Schmidt was a 12-time All-Star and a three-time National League MVP. Over the course of his career, Schmidt hit 548 home runs, including 40 or more home runs in three separate seasons and 30 or more home runs in ten other seasons. He also won ten Gold Glove Awards and was named The Sporting News Player of the Decade for the 1980s.

Mike Schmidt was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995. In his induction speech below, I particularly like Schmidt’s discussions on positive encouragement for kids and on the need for baseball to reconnect with its fans.


“Phillies Fever”

Okay, so maybe the Phillies haven’t done so great the last few years.  And… well, okay, this song is pretty terrible.  But that does not mean that it won’t bring a little amusement to a person’s day!  Performed by Larry Bowa, Mike Schmidt, David Cash, Greg Luzinski and Garry Maddox, this 1976 song may spark a resurgence for the Phillies.


Quote of the day

If you could equate the amount of time and effort put in mentally and physically into succeeding on the baseball field and measured it by the dirt on your uniform, mine would have been black.

~Mike Schmidt

National Baseball Hall of Fame Library

National Baseball Hall of Fame Library


Quote of the day

Anytime you think you have the game conquered, the game will turn around and punch you right in the nose.

~Mike Schmidt

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