On December 21, 1981, the Philadelphia Phillies sign future Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt to a six-year contract worth $1.2 million per season. In 1981, Schmidt led the National League in home runs, RBIs, and runs scored…

During the course of the contract, Schmidt will lead the league in home runs 3 times, finish in the top ten in MVP voting 4 times including winning the award for the third time in 1986.  He will also add in 4 Gold Gloves and Silver Slugger awards. He will retire during the 1988 season and be inducted into the Hall of Fame 5 years later.