Cards All-Time Top 40 – Red Schoendienst #10


Posted Feb 14, 2007


The Top 40 countdown of the greatest St. Louis Cardinals of all time moves into the top ten with their Hall of Fame second baseman, Red Schoendienst.

Albert Fred Schoendienst

The Basics

Position

Bat

Thw

Total Yrs

Yrs in StL

HR

RBI

SB

Avg

Second Base

Both 

Right

1945-1963

1945-'56, '61-'63

65

651

80

.289

The Awards

Hall of Fame

Retired #

World Champ

All-Star

MVP

Cy Young

Gold Glove

1989

1996

1

9

 

NA

 -

Note: All stats and awards listed are for years as a Cardinal only.
Schoendienst’s career stats available from baseball-reference.com.

Voter Comments

Rob Rains (9): Only four players in history appeared in more games wearing a Cardinal uniform than Schoendienst, and when you count his 12 years as a manager and multiple years as a coach, nobody has logged more time in uniform than Red.

Despite an eye injury as a child, Schoendienst hit .289 for his Cardinal career and had a unique ability to get on base and score runs as well as play terrific defensively, earning nine All-Star selections.

Jerry Modene (9): One of the most popular players in Cardinal history and legitimately the second-best second baseman of his era (trailing only Jackie Robinson), Red might have been an even better hitter if he’d had two good eyes and if he hadn’t been tubercular for years (he estimates in his autobiography) before he actually got to the point that he had to be hospitalized.

As it was, Red wound up at .289/.335/.388 for his career, and even led the league in stolen bases as a rookie with 26 in 1945, the year he played the outfield when Stan Musial was in the Navy. As an aside – Schoendienst is the answer to a great trivia question: Who was the last player to wear #6 other than Musial? Red, as Musial’s replacement in 1945, wore #6 that season before taking uniform #2 when Stan came back in 1946.

Schoendienst gets extra points, too, for his long tenure as Cardinal manager and coach; those points also boosted Frank Frisch a notch or two and maybe even Joe Torre, who managed the Cardinals (1990-95) almost as long as he played for them (1969-74).

Ray Mileur (11): The Hall of Fame, 10-time National League All-Star second baseman played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1945-56 and 1961-63. He took over the helm as manager for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1965 to begin the longest managerial tenure in Cardinals history. Red’s team won National League pennants in 1967 and 1968 and defeated the Boston Red Sox in seven games in the 1967 World Series.

Red compiled a career .289 batting average with 84 home runs, 773 RBI, 1223 runs scored, 2449 hits, 427 doubles and 78 triples in 2216 games played. A very slick fielder, Red put up big defensive numbers with 4616 putouts, 5243 assists, 1368 double plays and only 170 errors in 10029 total chances for a lifetime .983 fielding average.

Red has worn the Cardinals’ uniform for over 45 seasons and is still today a special assistant to Walt Jocketty. His #2 was retired by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1996 and he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989.

Brian Walton (12): Drafted by the club as a 19-year old in 1942, Schoendienst was a starter in the majors by the age of 22 and he is still there today, almost 62 years later.

Red toiled 15 years with the Cardinals, mostly at second base, including the 1946 World Series, where his club defeated the Red Sox. While his offensive numbers were not eye-popping, it is important to acknowledge that Schoendienst tied or lead the League in fielding at his position seven times.

I admit that I had difficulty with my own ground rules here - separating the Red on the field from all of his other countless contributions to the St. Louis Cardinals for fifty years.

As a player, Red deserves to be here in the top ten. As a man, he is in the top two or three Cardinals of all time, in my opinion. Appropriately, no one else will ever wear the Cardinal uniform number two again.

Voter Comments Key: Voter (Individual Ranking); NR = Not Rated

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