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Frederick Albert Schmidt

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 185 lb.

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At the time of his death at age 96 in 2012, Freddy Schmidt was believed to be the fourth-oldest living major leaguer.

He was drafted into the Army during World War II in 1945, and pitched in the major leagues both before and after serving, making his debut with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1944, when he went 7-3, 3.15 in 37 games as a swingman and pitching in the 1944 World Series against the St. Louis Browns that year. He pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings in the Fall Classic, in a 6-3 Cardinals loss in Game 3 on October 6th. He returned to the Cardinals in 1946 and only made 16 appearances, all in relief, with a record of 1-0, 3.29. He did not appear in the 1946 World Series, when the Cards defeated the Boston Red Sox in 7 games.

After only two games with the Cardinals in 1947, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies with Harry Walker for Ron Northey on May 3rd. He pitched 29 times for Philly, going 5-8, 4.70, with only 24 Ks against 43 walks. On September 15th, he was placed on waivers and claimed by the Chicago Cubs, making one appearance for his new team, a start on September 24th which turned out to be his last major league appearance. He pitched in the minor leagues from 1947 to 1953. In 1951, he went 22-5 for the Abilene Blue Sox of the West Texas-New Mexico League. He ended his minor league career with a record of 140-134, to go along with his major league record of 13-11, 3.75.

He had settled down in Wind Gap, PA during his retirement and was an active member of the Phillies' alumni association, being its oldest member when he passed away.

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