Wednesday, March 11, 2009

1972 Topps Traded Mike Schmidt

Mike Schmidt

I haven't numbered the checklist yet, but we now have the 2nd card in this set, if I want to consider the Duke Sims a couple of posts up (I hope I can improve on it). Jeff "Huck Finn" Wolfe, the Card Junkie, sent this neat 1972 Schmidt by email. Either he's extremely talented in the art of manipulating photographs and templates or he had this on hand, because he was offering this within hours of me posting the invitation for help with this project.

He's got a great photo of Schmidt here, posing a batting stance at what looks like a Spring Training site. It's a road uniform, and the sideburns are definitely from the early 1970's. I see some guys in the background over Schmidt's hands, but can't tell who they are. There's also a red grandstand roof on the left side of the photo, but I'd like to think it's one of the old helmet golf cards that would bring relievers in from the bullpen.

Schmidt made his major league debut on September 12, 1972 against the Mets, going 1-3. He entered the game in the top of the second, replacing Don Money. He struck out against Jim McAndrew in his first at bat and then singled off McAndrew in the fifth. Mc Andrew then struck him out again in the seventh. In the 9th, with the Phils trailing 4-2 he drew a walk to load the bases, making him the tying run. He was then pinch run for by Larry Bowa. Bob Boone singled in a run and then the game ended when Deron Johnson hit into a double play.

Schmidt's batting average didn't approach .333 for the rest of the year. A few days later he hit his only homer of the year (and the first of 548 in his career) in the 7th off Balor Moore of the Expos to provide all the Phils runs in a 3-1 win. It was also 1 of only 2 game that year with multiple at bats that he didn't strike out. He struck out 15 times in 34 at bats that year.

He took over as the regular third baseman in 1973 and remained the regular third baseman for the Phils until he gave way to Charlie Hayes.


  1. Thanks! I may have some more on the way...

  2. That's the photo from the '74 Schmidt card, I believe.

  3. I think it might be. It was the oldest photo I could find on Yahoo. I wanted one that was pre-mustache so it would have an authentic 72 look to it.

  4. I think the only way you get an authentic 1972 photo is to get a 1972 or 1973 Phillie yearbook and hope there's something that can be scanned. The photo you've got does exactly what you want to do with something like this.

    Great job!

  5. This gave me the collector's equivalent of vertigo. Recognized the photo but not against the '72 format.

  6. I have a 1971 glossy 8x10 of him in his first pro minor league game and the 1972 Puerto Rico League Card if you'd like a scan of either