Albert “Red” Schoendienst is the epitome of the term “baseball lifer”. He began his major league career with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1945. As a switch-hitting rookie 2nd baseman he led the NL in stolen bases, and for the next 19 seasons (St.L. 1945-‘56 & ‘61-‘63, N.Y. Giants ‘56-‘57, Milw. Braves ‘57-‘60) he was one of the league’s premier infielders. He was a 10 time All-Star, and a terrific defensive player. His .993 fielding pct. in 1956 stood as a league record for 30 years. During his long career he totaled 2449 hits, 84 home runs, 773 RBIs, 427 doubles, and batted over .300 7 times, for a lifetime .289 average. He was an important member of World Championship teams in 1946 with St. Louis, and 1957 with Milwaukee.
After his playing career was over he had a successful run as a manager, and piloted the Cardinals to consecutive NL pennants in 1967 & ’68, and to a World Series championship in 1967. He was named NL manager of the year twice, and his 1999 games managed ranks second in Cardinal franchise history. He is a beloved figure in St. Louis and his #2 was retired by the Redbirds in 1996.
In 1989 he was elected to Cooperstown via the Veteran’s Committee.
October 22, 2016