Mike Schmidt: May 2, 1989
A shoulder injury in 1988 limited Schmidt to 108 games and just 12 home runs. He got off to a solid start in 1989 and belted five home runs for the season through April. On May 2, he hit a home run to left field off Jim Deshaies of the Astros. Little to be known on that date, it turned out to be Schmidt’s final home run of his career.
Schmidt struggled the rest of the month, both at the plate and in the field and retired on May 30, 1989. The greatest player in franchise history and best third baseman of all time retired with 548 home runs, 1595 RBI, 10 Gold Glove awards, three MVP awards, and a World Series title in 1980.
Lenny Dykstra: October 11, 1993
Dykstra had his best major-league season in 1993, leading the league in runs, hits, and walks while setting career highs also in home runs, RBI and stolen bases. With a remarkable run that saw the Phillies battling the Braves in the NLCS, the series was tied heading into the pivotal fifth game in Atlanta.
After the Phillies blew a 3-0 ninth-inning lead to put the game in extra innings, Dykstra belted what turned out to be the game-winning home run in the 10th. The Phillies went on to win the series in six before losing to the Blue Jays in the World Series.
Bobby Abreu: August 27, 2000
During clearly a down time in franchise history, Bobby Abreu provided a highlight for the ages. Tied at one in the bottom of the ninth against the Giants, Abreu hit a shot deep to center field. A leaping attempt by Calvin Murray resulted in a ball off his glove. Abreu circled the bases sliding into home plate for a walk-off inside the park home run.
Abreu went on to hit 25 home runs for the season and 195 during his nine seasons with the Phillies. The team finished with only 65 wins and a last-place finish for the 2000 season.