Red Schoendienst

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1948 Bowman

Albert Fred Schoendienst

  • Bats Both, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 170 lb.

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1989

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Biographical Information[edit]

Three St. Louis Cardinals players lean against batting cage during game warm-up. Player in center is Red Schoendienst

Red Schoendienst was involved in professional baseball for some 67 years as a player, coach, and manager. During most of that time, he was associated with the St. Louis Cardinals. Three of his brothers, Elmer Schoendienst, Joseph Schoendienst and Julius Schoendienst played in the minors, as did cousin Paul Schoendienst, who was a minor league player and manager. His son, Kevin Schoendienst, also played in the minors.

Schoendienst dropped out of school at 16 to work for the Civilian Conservation Corps to earn money while playing semi-pro baseball. He suffered a serious eye injury while working with one of his brothers on building fences and spent five weeks in a St. Louis hospital as a result. Doctors were able to save his eye, and when World War II started, he took a job at Scott Air Force Base near Belleville, IL. In 1942, he headed to Sportsman's Park with his cousin Paul and another friend to attend an open trial put on by the St. Louis Cardinals. While he was not signed immediately, the Cardinals called him back a couple of weeks later. Head scout Joe Mathes handed him a contract, and he began his professional career with the Union City Greyhounds of the Kitty League.

Six games into his first professional season, the league folded, as did many minor league circuits during the war, but Red was lucky to be given another job, with the Albany Cardinals of the Georgia-Florida League. After only 9 games in the Piedmont League at the start of 1943, he was promoted to the Rochester Red Wings, the Cards' top farm team; of course, he had batted .472 for the Lynchburg Cardinals, prompting the quick promotion. He then led the International League in hitting, with a .337 average in 136 games. He was back with Rochester at the start of 1944 but was soon drafted, but hurt his shoulder playing ball for his unit's baseball team, and then aggravated the injury during basic training, making him medically unfit for service. Thus, he was back with Cards in 1945, and with so many players in the service, he started the season with the big league team. He would never play in the minors again.

He was named to ten All-Star teams and appeared in three World Series. He finished as high as third in the MVP voting in 1957. Although the large majority of his major league career was spent with the Cardinals, two of his three World Series teams were from his relatively brief time with the Milwaukee Braves.

In his most successful year with the bat, 1953 Red hit .342, good for second in the National League. He was a couple of points behind league leader Carl Furillo and a few points ahead of teammate Stan Musial.

He managed the Cardinals for 14 years, including their 1967 World Series win, and their loss in 1968. His last two stints, in 1980 and 1990, came in an interim role.

He was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1989. In 2009 he was elected to the International League Hall of Fame. At the time of his passing, he was the oldest living Hall of Famer and former major league manager, holding the latter title for only a couple of weeks following the passing of Dave Garcia. Alex Grammas became the oldest living former manager after Schoendienst's death and Tommy Lasorda became the oldest Hall of Famer.

"He's a plenty good batter from either side of the plate. We've thrown him everything in the book and he reads the riot act to us most every game. We consider ourselves lucky when we get him out." - Charlie Grimm, Cubs Manager, 1947

Notable Achievements[edit]

Preceded by
Johnny Keane
St. Louis Cardinals Manager
Succeeded by
Vern Rapp
Preceded by
Whitey Herzog
St. Louis Cardinals Manager
Succeeded by
Whitey Herzog
Preceded by
Whitey Herzog
St. Louis Cardinals Manager
Succeeded by
Joe Torre

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1965 St. Louis Cardinals National League 80-81 7th St. Louis Cardinals
1966 St. Louis Cardinals National League 83-79 6th St. Louis Cardinals
1967 St. Louis Cardinals National League 101-60 1st St. Louis Cardinals World Series Champs
1968 St. Louis Cardinals National League 97-65 1st St. Louis Cardinals Lost World Series
1969 St. Louis Cardinals National League 87-75 4th St. Louis Cardinals
1970 St. Louis Cardinals National League 76-86 4th St. Louis Cardinals
1971 St. Louis Cardinals National League 90-72 2nd St. Louis Cardinals
1972 St. Louis Cardinals National League 75-81 4th St. Louis Cardinals
1973 St. Louis Cardinals National League 81-81 2nd St. Louis Cardinals
1974 St. Louis Cardinals National League 86-75 2nd St. Louis Cardinals
1975 St. Louis Cardinals National League 82-80 4th St. Louis Cardinals
1976 St. Louis Cardinals National League 72-90 5th St. Louis Cardinals
1980 St. Louis Cardinals National League 18-19 4th St. Louis Cardinals replaced Ken Boyer (18-33), Jack Krol (0-1)
and Whitey Herzog (38-35) on August 29
1990 St. Louis Cardinals National League 13-11 -- St. Louis Cardinals replaced Whitey Herzog (33-47) on July 6 /
replaced by Joe Torre on August 1

Further Reading[edit]

  • Steve Gardner: "Baseball Hall of Famer, St. Louis Cardinals icon Red Schoendienst dies at 95", USA Today Sports, June 6, 2018. [1]
  • Richard Justice: "Schoendienst connected with fans of all ages: Hall of Famer's life was one of accomplishment and celebration",, June 7, 2018. [2]
  • Kristen Lokemoen: "Red Schoendienst", in Gregory H. Wolf, ed.: Thar's Joy in Braveland: The 1957 Milwaukee Braves, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2014, pp. 179-184. ISBN 978-1933599717
  • Joe Trezza: "Hall of Famer Schoendienst dies at 95: Spent 67 of his 76 years in baseball with Cardinals",, June 7, 2018. [3]

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