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Mike Schmidt honored at Louisville Slugger bat history museum

Last night in Louisville, ex-Phillies slugger and current broadcaster Mike Schmidt was honored at the Louisville Slugger museum:

The announcement:

Louisville, KY – November 1, 2019 – Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory will honor National Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt with its 2019 Living Legend Award on Friday, November 8th.

Schmidt was recognized during a special ceremony that kicks off the 15th Annual Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Auction with Hunt Auctions, Inc. “I’m proud to be the recipient of this year’s Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Living Legend Award,” said Schmidt.

“Louisville Slugger is an iconic brand that is synonymous with baseball. It’s an honor for me to be recognized by the museum and be included among the award’s past honorees,” Schmidt added.
Schmidt used several Louisville Slugger models throughout his storied career. In the early part of his career (1974-78), he swung a 36-inch K75 model. From 1979-84, his preferred bat model was the K55; a 35-inch bat with natural finish. In total, Schmidt ordered 518 Louisville Slugger bats during his career.

Mike Schmidt Highlights:

Mike Schmidt played his entire 18-season career for the Philadelphia Phillies, was a twelve-time All-Star and a three-time winner of the National League Most Valuable Player award. Known for his combination of power hitting and strong defense, he hit 548 home runs and 1,595 runs batted in (RBIs), while earning the Gold Glove Award 10 times as a third baseman.

Success followed Schmidt in every phase of his career, starting in college when he led Ohio University to the College World Series in 1970. He was drafted by the Phillies the following year and by 1974 led the league in home runs. He went on to lead the National League in homers eight times during his career and his 48 home runs in 1980 set the Major League record for a third baseman, which he held for 27 years. Schmidt won six Silver Slugger Awards and was voted the National League’s MVP in 1980, 1981 and 1986.

With Schmidt leading the way, the Phillies won the National League pennants in 1980 and 1983. Philadelphia won the World Series in 1980 and Schmidt was selected as World Series MVP.
He retired from baseball in 1989 as a Philadelphia legend and is considered by many as the greatest third baseman in baseball history. His iconic number 20 was retired by the Phillies the next season. Schmidt was honored again by the Phillies in 2004 when the franchise unveiled a life-sized bronze statue outside the third-base gate at Citizens Bank Park.

“We are proud to include Mike Schmidt as part of the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory family and honored to present him with the 2019 Living Legend Award,” said Anne Jewell, Vice President and Executive Director of Louisville Slugger
Museum & Factory. “One of the best to ever play the game, Schmidt is a true ambassador for the sport and a fan favorite.” Limited Edition Louisville Slugger Bat

To honor the Living Legend, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory has produced an iconic two-toned maroon and powder-blue finished K55 model collector bat for this special occasion. The K55 is the same model Schmidt used at various times throughout his illustrious career. The expertly crafted collector bat will be autographed by Schmidt. The bat design includes his jersey number and career statistics.Only 100 signed bats are available. The cost is $299.99 per bat and includes two tickets to the invitation-only Living Legend celebration on Friday, November 8th. For more information or to purchase a bat, call 502-588-7286, email or visit

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Experience history-in-the-making as you stroll through the factory where the world-famous Louisville Slugger bats are created. Admission includes the newly renovated factory tour, engaging exhibits, historic memorabilia, and much more. At the museum store, guests can create a Louisville Slugger bat with their very own name on it, just like the pros.

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, located at 800 West Main Street, is open Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays 11a.m. – 5 p.m., with extended summer hours. Admission is $16 for adults, $15 for seniors (60+), $9 children (6-12), and free for children 5 and under. For more information, including holiday hours and extended summer hours, or call 502-588-7228, or find us on Facebook (@sluggermuseum), Twitter (@sluggermuseum), and
Instagram (@slugger_museum)

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