Schmidt 500th Art Print

Inspired by the great work of Stephen Burkett (twitter @abssportsart), I created this last week while watching the snow fall.

On Saturday, April 18, 1987, Phillies legend Michael Jack Schmidt was poised to become the 14th player in major league history with 500 home runs.

On that day at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium the Phillies scored 5 runs in the first 3 innings and seemed to be cruising for the victory going into the eighth inning. But the Pirates rallied for four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to grab a 6-5 lead.

With 2 outs in the top of the ninth, Pittsburgh’s Don Robinson looking for for the save, faced Mike Schmidt with Juan Samuel and Von Hayes on base. Harry Kalas will take you the rest of the way…

After 1983, there were not many “high points” for Phillies fans for the next 10 years. This is definitely one of them.