Mike Schmidt, perhaps the greatest third baseman in baseball history and a harsh critic of players using performance-enhancing drugs, sat down with reporters Saturday to discuss his recovery from
"I'm a very lucky man," said the former
The 64-year-old had two operations and went through the usual rounds of
Schmidt saw a doctor in August about a growth on his hand and a mole was later discovered on his back. A biopsy revealed the advanced stage of cancer.
"Was it scary? If you sit and ponder the possibilities," Schmidt acknowledged to reporters as he sat in shade at
"The older you get ... you still carry some sort of invincibility. The moral of the story is everybody get checked."
Schmidt was a 12-time All-Star who hit 548 home runs and drove in 1,595 runs from 1972 to 1989. He played his entire 18-year career with the Phillies, winning
Schmidt, who led the Phillies to their first
As a "Boy of Summer," though, he has new respect for the sun.
"I don't like the sun," he said. "It's evil."
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