Mike Schmidt, Baseball Hall of Famer, Recovering From Stage 3 Melanoma

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Monday, 17 Mar 2014 09:04 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt said he is "fantastic right now" after undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment after he was diagnosed with Stage 3 melanoma last August.

The former longtime Philadelphia Phillies third baseman is now a member of the team's broadcasting crew. Schmidt, 64, recently arrived in Clearwater, Fla. for spring training after undergoing his last wound of chemotherapy, reported the Philadelphia Daily News on Sunday.

"I had been in chemo-infusion centers sitting in a chair with a needle in my hand with people that are dying all around me," Schmidt told the Daily News. "I was hoping I would never see anything like that. But it became normal for me, for over a month."

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Schmidt, who worked behind the microphone for the first time this season on Sunday, said he was lucky for making an out-of-the-blue visit to a dermatologist last summer.

"I was doing a closing on a house and I had a thing on my hand," Schmidt said. "I just went in and said, 'Can you look at this?' and he said, 'Why don't I take a look at your whole body while you're here.

"Obviously the moral of the story is everybody, get your skin checked. I think at least once a month, now that I know what I know. I caught it early. If I hadn't gone into see my dermatologist in late August, I might still have it. It might be more than Stage 3. Even though that was a tough couple months, I’m a very lucky man," Schmidt continued.

The Associated Press reported that Schmidt spent time at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for treatments when he was not at his home in Jupiter, Fla.

"I've done just about everything I can to destroy the cancer cells in my body," Schmidt told the AP. He said surgery removed 35 lymph nodes and left an eight-inch scar.

In a career that ran from 1972 to 1989, Schmidt hit 548 home runs and led Philadelphia to its first World Series pennant in 1980, stated the Associated Press. He appeared in 12 All-Star games and won 10 Gold Gloves at third base, per the AP.

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