Tuesday, January 14, 2020

1981 Topps Record Breaker: Mike Schmidt

The front: Two straight games from the same team, and in fact, as Schmidt was on-deck on the previous card, it could conceivably be two straight cards from two straight at-bats. Wouldn’t that be cool? In that same three-game weekend Schmidt went 4-for-12, including a home run off of Craig Swan in the Saturday game.

The back: Schmidt’s major-league record was tied by the Dodgers’ Adrian Beltre in 2004 and broken by the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez with 52 in 2007. 48 remained the National League record until 2019, when Eugenio Suarez of the Reds hit 49.

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