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Mike Schmidt joins the 500 HR Club

April 18, 2011

On April 18, 1987, the 2-8 Phillies were at Three Rivers Stadium facing the Pirates and found themselves down 6-5 in the 9th inning after blowing a 5-0 lead.  With 2 on and 2 outs, Mike Schmidt stepped to the plate against Don “Caveman” Robinson and made history:


Not only did Michael Jack belt his 500th HR on this day in 1987, but he did so with two outs in the 9th inning and the game on the line.  Always a competitor, accomplishing a milestone to win a game was the way Schmidt wanted it to be.  As he was getting closer and closer to 500, he stressed that he wanted it to come at a time to help his teammates…and his timing couldn’t have been better.

After the home run, Schmidt was jumped at the plate by his teammates.  And according to Jayson Stark, then Inquirer staff reporter, the scene in the clubhouse was more memorable than the celebration on the field:

They gathered around the tiny tape recorder in the locker room, hoping to relive the moment one more time.
“Hey, we want to hear how Harry (Kalas) called it,” Chris James yelled to broadcaster Chris Wheeler.  So Wheeler slipped the tape into the recorder. James and every Phillies player in the locker room gathered around him.
Mike Schmidt was about to hit his 500th homer. Again.
He was about to rescue the Phillies’ day and rescue the Phillies’ season. Again.
“Swing and a long drive,” Kalas roared in a voice so loud, you might have heard him in King of Prussia whether you had a radio or not. “There it is. No. 500. Career 500th home run for Michael Jack Schmidt. . .”
The clubhouse shook with cheers. Again.
“Gee,” Schmidt deadpanned after listening to the tape one more time, “I thought he’d show a little emotion.”
Everyone in the room broke up. It had been a great day in the life of the ’87 Phillies, thanks to Mr. Mike Schmidt.

That’s a scene I’m sure Schmidt, as well as anyone else lucky enough to be in that room, will never forget.

As an aside, it was fitting that Schmidt’s 500th HR came off a Don Robinson pitch.  Robinson was one of the best hitting pitchers of his time and ended up with 13 home runs in his career and three Silver Slugger awards.

Schmidt was the 14th player in baseball history to join the 500 Home Run Club and his career total 548 HRs stands 15th in league history.  He’s the only Phillie to reach the 500 HR plateau; that is, until Ryan Howard joins him.  Hopefully Howard’s 500th comes at a time as opportune as Schmidt’s.





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American Needle Fitted Hats

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'47 Brand Hats

 

47 Brand Adjustable Hats Size Chart Size Hat Size Circumference (cm)
Adjustable Hats Men's 6 7/8 - 7 5/8 55 - 61
Women's 6 5/8 - 7 1/4 53 - 58
Youth 6 5/8 - 7 1/8 53 - 57

 

47 Brand Fitted Hats Size Chart Size Hat Size Circumference (cm)
Fitted Hats XX Small 6 1/2 - 6 5/8 52 - 53
X Small 6 3/4 54
Small 6 7/8 - 7 55 - 56
Medium 7 - 7 1/8 56 - 57
Large 7 1/4 58
X Large 7 3/8 - 7 5/8 59 - 61
XX Large 7 5/8 - 7 3/4 61 - 62
XXX Large 7 7/8 63
XXXX Large 8 64
XXXXX Large 8 1/8 65

 

47 Brand Stretch Fit Hats Size Chart Size Hat Size Circumference (cm)
Stretch Fit Fitted Hats Youth 6 1/2 - 6 5/8 52 - 53
Small / Medium 6 7/8 - 7 55 - 56
Medium / Large 7 1/8 - 7 3/8 57 - 59
Large / X Large 7 1/2 - 7 5/8 60 - 61
One Size Fits All 7 - 7 1/2 56 - 60

 

47 Brand Knit Hats Size Chart Hat Size Circumference (cm)
Knit Hats Youth 6 1/2 - 6 3/4 52 - 54
One Size Fits All 6 7/8 - 7 1/2 55 - 60

 

'47 Brand Apparel

 

 
47 Brand Men's Size Chart S M L XL XXL
Neck 14"-14.5" 15"-15.5" 16"-16.5" 17"-17.5" 18"-18.5"
Shoulder 21" 22" 23" 24" 25"
Chest 36"-38" 39"-41" 42"-44" 45"-47" 48"-50"
Waist 28"-30" 31"-33" 34"-36" 37"-39" 40"-42"

 

47 Brand Women's Size Chart S M L XL
Size 2-4 6-8 8-10 10-12
Shoulder 14.25" 15.25" 16.25" 17.25"
Bust 32"-34" 35"-36" 37"-38" 39"-42"
Waist 26"-27" 28"-29" 30"-31" 32"-33"

 

 

Majestic apparel

Men's Sizing (measurements in inches)
  S M L XL XXL 3XL 4XL
Chest 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 52-52 54-56 58-60
Waist 28-30 32-34 36-38 40-42 44-46 48-50 52-54
Hip 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52 54-56 58-60
Sleeve 32-33 33-34 34-35 35-36 36-36 1/2 36 1/2-37 37-37 1/2
Neck 14-14 1/2 15-15 1/2 16-16 1/2 17-17 1/2 18-18 1/2 19-19 1/2 20-20 1/2

 

Women's Sizing (measurements in inches)
  XS S M L XL 1X 2X
Size 0-2 4-6 8-10 12-14 16-18 16W-18W 20W-22W
Chest 32-33 34-35 36-37 38-40 41 1/2-43 1/2 43-45 47-49
Waist 24-25 26-27 28-29 30-32 33 1/2-35 1/2 36-38 39-41
Hip 34 1/2-35 1/2 36 1/2-37 1/2 38 1/2-39 1/2 40 1/2-42 1/2 44-46 46-48 49-51
Sleeve 29 1/4 30 30 3/4 31 1/2 32 32 1/2 33

 

Youth Sizing (measurements in inches)
  S M L XL XXL 3XL
Size 6-8 10-12 14-16 18-20 20 22
Chest 24-26 28-30 32-34 36-38    
Waist 21-23 25-27 29-31 33-35 37-39 40-42

 

 

 

Majestic Jerseys

Adult Men's Replica Jersey Sizing  
Jersey Size Small Medium Large X Large XX Large
Neck (diameter of neck) 6.5 6.75 7 7.25 7.5
Chest (underarm to underarm) 20 1/2 22 1/2 24 1/2 26 1/2 28 1/2
Sleeve (back of inside neck to end of middle sleeve) 8 1/2 8 3/4 9 9 1/4 9 1/2

 

Apparel Sizing Tips:

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Chest/Bust: With your arms at your sides, measure around the fullest part of your chest, across shoulder blades and under arms.

Waist: To measure your natural waistline, wrap the tape so it intersects your navel. Keep tape flat, but comfortably loose.

Hips: Stand with your heels together and measure the fullest part of your hips. Make sure the measuring tape is level all the way around your body.

Inseam: Stand up straight, and start the tape measure high in your crotch. Straighten the tape down the inside of your leg to the bottom of your ankle.

 

 

Red Jacket apparel

 

 

Junk Food apparel

 

Next Level apparel (Shibe Originals)

General Size Neck
(in inches)
Chest
(in inches)
Waist
(in inches)
Arm
(in inches)
Small 14-14.5 34-36 28-30 31.5-32
Medium 15-15.5 38-40 32-34 32.5-33
Large 16-16.5 42-44 36-38 33.5-34
X-Large 17-17.5 46-48 40-42 34.5-35
XX-Large 18 – 18.5 50-52 44-46 35.5-36