Mike Schmidt comes to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with the score tied at 3.
There are 2 outs and the winning run is on second base.
On the day, Schmidt is 0 – 4 with 4 strike outs…on 12 pitches.
On the first pitch from Jeff Reardon – Schmidt hits a 2 run home run to win the game.
About the Card
Food issue cards! 1984 Drake’s Big Hitters came in mini boxed sets and 500 ct. vending boxes. I’m not sure if this particular series was also distributed into Drake’s cakes products but most likely were. I remember buying Devil Dogs or Ring Dings to get cards so I’ll have to do research on that.
Drake’s defined a “Big Hitter” as 'a clutch player' whom ‘consistently produces that key hit’.
In 1983, Mike Schmidt batted .281 in Late & Close situations.
Late & Close are PA in the 7th or later with the batting team tied, ahead by one, or the tying run at least on deck.