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Reaching the top in one mighty pop
Roy Blount Jr.
August 12, 1974
In 1973 Phillie Mike Schmidt batted .196. Now with an abrupt turn of nose and mind, he hits homers and the roof
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August 12, 1974

Reaching The Top In One Mighty Pop

In 1973 Phillie Mike Schmidt batted .196. Now with an abrupt turn of nose and mind, he hits homers and the roof

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By taking the pressure off himself, Schmidt has laid it squarely on the pitchers. Even though he considered himself to be in a mini-slump last week, he hit five homers, three in games against the Cardinals, the Phils' main rivals in the division race. And when the long hits did not come in a game with Montreal, he used his speed to beat out an eighth-inning infield single to briefly tie a tight game that the Phillies eventually lost 3-2.

"Before this season I figured my game was 80 RBIs and 20 to 25 home runs a year," Schmidt says. "All of a sudden I find out I can hit .300 and that a load of runs and RBIs come with an average like that. Now I think I can hit more than .300. I think maybe .340 or .350."

As they say everywhere but in the Astrodome, the sky is the limit.

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