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Albert Fred “Red” Schoendienst, a Major League Baseball Hall of Famer who played for the St. Louis Cardinals in two separate tenures as well as managed the team to the World Series title in 1967, passed away Wednesday at the age of 95.
The organization officially announced his death at Busch Stadium prior to the top of the third inning of Wednesday’s Cards/Marlins game officially released a statement later that night that included a family statement.
Born February 2, 1923, the Germantown, Illinois native played second base for the Cardinals from 1945 to 1956 and then after brief stint with the New York Giants, Schoendeinst played three seasons with the Milwaukee Braves until rejoining the Redbirds in 1961. He finished out his 19-year career on July 7, 1963.
As a player for the Cardinals, he was selected to 10 All-Star teams (1946, 1948–1955, 1957) and played on World Series winning teams in 1946 and 1957.
In 2,216 career games played, Schoendienst compiled a .289 batting average with 84 home runs, 773 RBI, 1223 runs, 2449 hits, 427 doubles, 78 triples and 89 stolen bases.
As a manager from 1965 to 1976, he guided the Redbirds to a World Series title in 1967. In that 11 season stretch that consisted of 1,935 games, Schoendienst was 1010-925.
The Cardinals retired his number “2” jersey in 1996 and named him to the Cardinals Hall of Fame in their 2014 inaugural class.
He was still active with the franchise, serving as a Special Assistant Coach. In 2017, Schoendienst completed his 72nd season as a Major League player, coach, or manager.
Arch City Media will have updates as the evening progesses.