St. Louis Cardinals hall of famer Lou Brock and former manager Red Schoendienst

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Cardinals Legend Red Schoendienst Has Died

The 10-time All-Star began his Major League Baseball career with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1945.

June 06, 2018 - 5:58 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Albert "Red” Schoendienst died Wednesday at the age of 95.

The Hall of Famer had heart surgery after a minor heart attack in May 2017. He had been missing from many recent reunions at Busch Stadium, like Saturday's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Cardinals 1968 National League Championship – when he was the Cardinals manager. 

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The 10-time All-Star began his Major League Baseball career with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1945. He took over left field for Stan Musial, who went to serve in the U.S. Army. Schoendienst led the league in stolen bases that season.

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The next year, at 23 years old, he moved to the infield, was named to his first All-Star team, and won a World Series.

He played 15 of his 19 seasons in the majors for the Cardinals. On the franchise’s all-time lists, he is fourth in at-bats (6,841) and pinch hits (53), fifth in games (1,795), runs (1,025) and hits (1,980), sixth in doubles (352), and seventh in total bases (2,657).

When Schoendienst retired as a player in 1963, he was immediately hired as a coach in St. Louis. He was named Manager of the Year in 1967, after winning the first of his two World Series as a manager for the Cardinals. He ended his managing career after 12 seasons – the longest tenure in team history at that time.

Schoendienst was a coach for two seasons with the Oakland Athletics, then returned to St. Louis and the Cardinals in 1979.

He stayed in a Cardinals uniform until 1995, and was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989 by the Veterans Committee. He was the oldest living Hall of Famer since last November, after the death of 99-year-old Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr.

Schoendienst's No. 2 jersey was retired in St. Louis in 1996.