As one of the true power hitters of the 1970s and 1980s, Schmitty was arguably the greatest all- around third basemen in the history of the game. In his 18 seasons playing for the Philadelphia Phillies he amassed some staggering numbers, including 548 home runs and 1595 RBIs. He was an 8 time home run champion and 3 time RBI champion, and won 10 Gold Glove Awards. He was a member of the NL All-Star team 12 times. During his career he was named National League MVP 3 times (1980-‘81 & ’86) and won 6 Silver Slugger Awards. He helped the Phillies to reach the postseason 6 times, including 2 NL pennants and was named the MVP the 1980 World Championship team. He is also one of only 16 players to hit 4 homers in a single game (1976). He is generally regarded as the greatest player in Phillies history, and was enshrined in Cooperstown in 1995. His #20 was retired by the Phillies in 1990 and was honored by the team in 2004 with a statue that stands outside of Citizens Bank Ballpark.
October 18, 2014