Widely considered the greatest third baseman of all time, Mike Schmidt was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995 with 96.52 percent of the vote, at the time the fourth highest percentage ever. Schmidt spent his entire 19-year career in a Philadelphia Phillies uniform, in which he won three Most Valuable Player awards, hit 548 home runs and won a World Series in 1980.
Since his retirement in 1989, Schmidt has been heavily involved in numerous philanthropic efforts, including an annual fishing tournament he has hosted in The Bahamas since 2001 that raises money for cystic fibrosis research. He also released a branded wine, Mike Schmidt 548 Zinfindel, whose proceeds went to cystic fibrosis research. Schmidt has also supported the Janus School, the only independent non-profit day school in Central Pennsylvania dedicated to serving the needs of students with ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, dyslexia and non-verbal learning difficulties.
The Cincinnati native earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ohio University, where he is still recognized as the school’s most recognizable alumnus. Since 2014, Schmidt has provided color commentary on select Phillies telecasts.
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