Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Redux Project: 1972 Topps Mike Schmidt

Not many people remember this, but before Mike Schmidt wore the number 20, he donned number 22. That just happened to be the uniform the Phillies assigned him as a September call-up in 1972. He played in 13 games, including the only start at second base he would make in his career. He also hit his first major league home run off Montreal starter Balor Moore on September 16th to lead the Phils over the Expos.

You can see Phillies interim manager Paul Owens in the background of this photo. Owens had replaced Frank Lucchesi in July of 1972 in an effort to evaluate the entire franchise.


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