Former Cardinals player, coach, and manager Red Schoendienst passed away on Wednesday at the age of 95. He was a popular figure in St. Louis sports and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989.
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) June 7, 2018
It was a privilege to know and learn from one of baseball’s best, Red Schoendienst. Truly one of the greatest mentors in the game. He always made time for me and I will cherish the great times we spent together. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. pic.twitter.com/c3UDDBx3lF
Red Schoendienst was with Grampa and his best pal Joe Garagiola that day in 1942 when they all tried out for the #STLCards. Branch Rickey passed on Gramp, signed Red and Joe, and the rest is history. But the friendships lasted their lifetimes! #LoveRed2 #MLB #Yankees @Yogi_Museum pic.twitter.com/dUalqBmqHo
— Lindsay Berra (@lindsayberra) June 7, 2018
Condolences to the family and friends of baseball legend Red Schoendienst. He was 95 years old.
— The Twins Almanac (@TwinsAlmanac) June 7, 2018
Red Schoendienst and his 1967 World Champion Cardinals pic.twitter.com/pGYErBD9Ub
— Dan Hirsch (@DanHirsch) June 7, 2018
MLB Network mourns the passing of Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst. pic.twitter.com/V7AhI7EnFz
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) June 7, 2018
Red Schoendienst & Stan Musial in their red blazers at @Cardinals games was our chance to see baseball royalty and history. Such a joy, such gentlemen.
Sad that time is over, happy we had Red so long.
— Brian Kenny (@MrBrianKenny) June 7, 2018
Red Schoendienst was on the BBWAA ballot for fifteen years; the highest support he ever received was 42.6% in 1980. He failed to reach any “magic numbers” offensively, finishing his career with 2449 hits and a .289 average. Respectable numbers, no doubt, but well short of a slam-dunk Hall of Fame resume. The Veterans Committee, however, decided to usher him into Cooperstown in 1989 on the strength of ten All-Star appearances and a solid defensive reputation.
Uniform #2 has been retired by four MLB teams. All of those honored are in the Hall of Fame. There is little doubt that the New York Yankees will put the number out of commission when Derek Jeter retires as well.
Red Schoendienst, St. Louis Cardinals
Schoendienst was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989 by way of the Veterans Committee. In addition to a solid career as a player, Red also managed the Cardinals to a World Series win in 1967 and the NL Pennant in 1968.
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