Greater Washington
Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

Michael Schwimer

Michael Schwimer

Sport: Baseball
Category: Athlete
Primary Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Year Inducted: 2014

Michael Schwimer played professional baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2011-2012 seasons. Born in Fairfax, Virginia, Michael played Little League baseball at Central Springfield Little League and led the team to the Virginia State Championship in 1998. As a high-school student at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia, Michael was a two-sport star. As shortstop and starting pitcher, he led the baseball team to two conference championships and, in his senior year, was selected to the All-Met team and was named Virginia Independent School player of the year. Michael was also a four-year starter on the basketball team and was selected to the All-Conference team in 2002-2004. From 1999-2001, Michael participated in the Northern Virginia JCC Maccabi basketball team, leading the squad to gold medals in 1999 and 2001. Michael was an All-American pitcher at the University of Virginia, where he graduated in 2008. He set the team record for most appearances in 2006 and was selected as an All American in 2008, leading the ACC in saves with 14. He was drafted by the Phillies in 2008. After a successful minor league career, Michael was called up to the Phillies, making his major league debut in Washington, DC against the Washington Nationals on August 21, 2011.

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