Saturday, August 16, 2014

Hall of Fame Signed Baseball - Mike Schmidt

The other baseball I got from the latest auction was this Mike Schmidt signed baseball.  It is a Leonard Coleman ONL baseball that shows some minor toning.

Schmidt (b. 1949) played in the majors from 1972 to 1989, all for the Phillies.  Schmidt had 2,234 hits, 548 home runs and a career .267 batting average.  He was a three-time NL MVP (1980, 1981 and 1986) and won the World Series with the Phillies in 1980.  Schmidt is regarded as one of the greatest third basemen of all-time (I'd argue that Brooks is) and his 548 home runs are 15th all-time.  Schmidt was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1995 (his first ballot) when he was named on 96.5% of the ballot (8th most all-time).

Schmidt is my 105th Hall of Fame signed baseball.

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