On this date in 1987, Mike Schmidt hits his 500th career home run.
"Let me go out on a limb and say that if I had played during that era, I would have taken steroids. We all have these things we deal with in life, and I'm surely not going to sit here and say to you guys, 'I wouldn't have done that.'" - to Bob Costas, July 2005
On this date in 2011, long-time umpire Bill Kinnamon passed away at age 90.
"When I first came to the American League, Johnny Rice told me the toughest call an umpire has to make is not the half-swing. The toughest call is throwing a guy out of the game after you blew the hell out of the play."
On this date in 2011, Reno Bertoia passed away at age 76.
"When sportswriters want to make fun of a player, they sometimes call him 'immortal' as in the 'immortal Reno Bertoia'. I don't like that, it seems like a cheap crack. Because to me, Reno Bertoia is immortal. He made it to the big leagues, and he's in the record book, and he'll still be there as long as anybody plays baseball. He's in the Baseball Encyclopedia, and that's a lot harder than getting into the phone book."
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