Red Schoendienst

Red Schoendienst

2B, OF, SS, 3B, CF
February 2, 1923
170 lbs
Major League Debut:
4-17-1945 with SLN
Hall of Fame:

Red Schoendienst

Red Schoendienst

One of the most popular figures in St. Louis baseball history, Red Schoendienst was in a Cardinals' uniform in seven decades, starting during World War II. As a player, he was a gritty second baseman with a strong arm and a good bat. He overcame great adversity when he rebounded from tuberculosis in 1960, after the illness forced him to miss all but five games the previous season. As a manager, Schoendienst led the Redbirds to two World Series and one World Series title, skippering the team in four different decades. His 14th-inning home run won the 1950 All-Star Game for the National League. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1989.
Career Batting Stats
2216 8479 2449 1223 84 773 89 .289 .387 .337 .724 100.8

Teams Red Schoendienst Managed

St. Louis Cardinals (1965-1990)


Where does Red Schoendienst rank among baseball greats?

Red Schoendienst ranks among the Top 50 all-time at 2B. Rankings

Red Schoendienst All Time Teammates:


Best Season: 1953
Schoendienst was in his ninth year with the Cardinals, and he finished second in the NL batting race, hitting .342 to Carl Furillo's .344. He scored 107 runs, collected 193 hits, 35 doubles, five triples and 60 walks. He drove in 79 runs from the #2 spot in the order and set a career-high with 15 home runs. He was elected to the All-Star team for the seventh time.


Where He Played
Led NL second basemen in fielding seven times, and in 1956 his .9934 fielding average set a record. In 1950, Schoendienst went 57 straight games without an error, and 323 chances - a record.

Albert Fred Schoendienst was born on February 2, 1923, in Germantown, IL.


Batted:  Both
Threw:  Right


Major League Debut
4 17,1945

Nine Other Players Who Debuted in 1945
Red Schoendienst
Whitey Lockman
Del Rice
Billy Pierce
Art Houtteman
Sal Maglie
Joe Astroth
Herm Wehmeier
Pete Gray

Similar Players
Derek Jeter


Related Players
Ryne Sandberg finally broke Schoendienst's 30-year old fielding record, in 1986.


Hall of Fame Voting
Year Election Votes Pct
1969 BBWAA 65 19.1%
1970 BBWAA 97 32.3%
1971 BBWAA 123 34.2%
1972 BBWAA 104 26.3%
1973 BBWAA 96 25.3%
1974 BBWAA 110 30.1%
1975 BBWAA 94 26.0%
1976 BBWAA 129 33.2%
1977 BBWAA 105 27.4%
1978 BBWAA 130 34.3%
1979 BBWAA 159 36.8%
1980 BBWAA 164 42.6%
1981 BBWAA 166 41.4%
1982 BBWAA 135 32.5%
1983 BBWAA 146 39.0%
1989 Veterans %

Post-Season Appearances
World Series
1957 World Series
1958 World Series


Batting Feats

  • July 8, 1951: Switch HR same game...

Was third in 1957 NL MVP voting, behind Hank Aaron and
Stan Musial... Schoendienst was a .303 batter as a pinch-hitter over his career. His lifetime batting average was .289.


Hitting Streaks
28 games (1954)
23 games (1957)

All-Star Selections
1946 NL
1948 NL
1949 NL
1950 NL
1951 NL
1952 NL
1953 NL
1954 NL
1955 NL
1957 NL

Emil Verban

Replaced By
Chuck Cottier, Julian Javier

Best Strength as a Player
Range at second base, and he was also excellent at the hit-and-run. He was a prototypical #2 hitter.

Largest Weakness as a Player
He had very little
home run power, though for some reason he belted 15 longballs in 1953, which was more than twice as many as he had hit before that. It was his finest offensive season.

1958 World Series, 1967 World Series, 1989 Hall of Fame, All Star, Manager, Milwaukee Braves, New York Giants, Red Schoendienst, St. Louis Cardinals
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