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Mike Schmidt

Chronology

1949 Born September 27 in Dayton, Ohio
1971 Drafted in second round by Phillies, plays two seasons in minor leagues
1972 Called up to play for Phillies
1973 First full season in major league; meets Donna Wightman
1974 Hits one of the longest singles in major league history: 329 feet from home plate, 117 feet in the air; marries Wightman
1975 Despite striking out 180 times due to sprained left shoulder, he stills leads the National League in home runs; steals a career high 29 bases
1976 Hits four home runs in one game at Wrigley Field, helping team to a come-back win against the Chicago Cubs, 18-16
1977 Becomes a born-again Christian
1978 Daughter Jessica Rae born December 19; elected team captain
1979 Hits a career high 45 home runs
1980 Breaks his own career high by hitting 48 home runs; helps take Phillies to World Series
1981 Begins providing tickets to games to those who couldn't normally attend
1983 Becomes highest paid baseball player with a $2.1 million per year salary
1985 Begins raising money for the United Way by having companies donate $100 for every home run he hits
1986 Surpasses Lou Gehrig's 494 home runs
1988 Second year of his two-year contract not renewed by Phillies
1989 Announces retirement from baseball on Memorial Day; elected to play for the National League in the All-Star Game, but does not play
1995 Baseball Writers' Association of America votes Schmidt into the Hall of Fame with an overwhelming 96.52 percent of the vote; 26th player to be voted in his first time on the ballot
2002 Becomes commissioner for United States Professional Softball League

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