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Mike Schmidt is recovering from stage 3 melanoma

Mar 17, 2014, 11:37 AM EDT


Some scary news, but ultimately positive news for the greatest third baseman of all time. From the Philadelphia Daily News:

Schmidt, 64, was diagnosed with Stage 3 melanoma in August and underwent two surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments in the months that followed. Schmidt, who arrived in Clearwater this weekend to begin his second tenure with the Phillies broadcast team, said the latest scans on his body have been clear of skin cancer. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.

These days, every single clubhouse is stocked with sunscreen and most players use it liberally (not just the pitchers). Given how much time these guys spend outdoors, it’s an absolute necessity. Indeed, I’m surprised we don’t hear more about players from before the 90s — back when there was far less concern about UV rays and the savage tan look was considered healthy — battling skin cancer.

Get your skin checked every year, kids.  And put on plenty of sunscreen.

  1. Rich Stowe - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    I lost my mother to malignant melanoma…it took over 4 years of her battling before it finally got the better of her….

    hoping Michael Jack has a good and permanent recovery from this nasty disease….

    WEAR SUNSCREEN – no reason not to! also, ensure you get any moles etc checked out!

  2. jrs45 - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Sorry to hear Jack. Keep fighting Mike Jack!

  3. karlkolchak - Mar 17, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    I’ve posted here before about my own cancer battle, but a good friend of my wife has been fighting Stage 4 melanoma for several years after being told she had just three months to live. Courageous as she is, I’m sure she would say the same thing I do about my own tumor: it royally sucks and you should do everything in your power to avoid ever contracting it.

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Mar 18, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Good luck Mike, you and Carlton were the only players the Phils ever had that had some class in the last 35 years

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