Along with all of Cardinals Nation, St. Louis Baseball Weekly is sad to learn that Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst has passed away at the age of 95. His family issued the following statement through the team…
“Red Schoendienst has passed away today surrounded by his family. He had a life full of happiness for 95 years. He inspired all that knew him to always do their best. Red was a great ball player, but his legacy is that of a great gentleman who had respect for all. He loved his family, friends, teammates, the community and his country. He will be greatly missed.”
Born on February 2, 1923 in Germantown, Illinois, Schoendienst shared that he hitch-hiked on a milk wagon from into St. Louis for his tryout with the Cardinals in 1942. Lacking funds, he found a bench in Union Station to spend the night–only to be politely booted out and then wound up in a hotel where the bedbugs feasted on his legs, which he attributed to making him run faster and get signed.
Schoendienst played his first MLB season with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1945 and hit .278 while leading the league with 26 stolen bases. The next year, he was named to his first of 10 All-Star teams and helped the Cardinals win the 1946 World Series. He would win another World Series with St. Louis in 1957 as a player and the NL pennant in ’58.
Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989, Schoendienst hit .289 with 2449 hits, 84 home runs, and 773 runs batted in during 19 seasons.
As a manager, Red Schoendienst led the Cardinals to a World Series win in 1967 and the pennant in ’68. His 1041 victories rank second in franchise history.
This season marked his 67th season with the Cardinals and 76th in professional baseball.