Albert Fred “Red” Schoendienst
Albert Fred “Red” Schoendienst (February 2, 1923 – June 6, 2018) was raised in Germantown, Illinois, forty miles from downtown St. Louis. Before becoming a baseball great, Red began a minor league career in 1942 and was noted as a top prospect after winning his leagues’ MVP award, but it was briefly interrupted when he was drafted into the Army.
Schoendienst began playing with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1945, and he batted .278 with a league high 26 stolen bases. He would play with them until 1956, helping them to win the 1946 World Series and appeared in most of the All-Star games.
In an unpopular trade, he was sent to the New York Giants mid-season in 1956, and then to the Milwaukee Braves in 1957. He was crucial to take the Braves to the World Series against the Yankees in both 1957 and 1958, winning the first and losing the second titles.
After becoming diagnosed with tuberculosis, he returned briefly to the Braves and then back to the Cardinals as a player/coach. In his 19 seasons as a play, Red compiled a .289 batting average, with 84 home runs, 773 RBIs, 2,449 hits, and 89 stolen bases, and had a .983 fielding percentage.
In 1964, Red was named as the Cardinals manager, and brought his hometown team to win the World Series in 1967 against the Red Sox, and again in 1982. He also led them to National League pennants in 1968 and 1985.
In 1989, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the Cardinals retired his Number 2 in 1996. He was also honored by the St. Louis Walk of Fame, the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum, and the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association Honor Roll at Miller Park.
He died on June 6, 2018, as the then-oldest member of the Hall of Fame.