Happy 91st Birthday to St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst! At 91 years old, the longtime Cardinals special assistant coach is one of four Hall of Famers living that are older than 90 years old–he’s joined by Bobby Doerr, Monte Irvin, and Ralph Kiner.
Schoendienst has been associated with the St. Louis Cardinals and wearing the Birds on the Bat longer than anyone alive. Red is a fixture at batting practice and at Spring Training in Jupiter each year.
The Germantown, Illinois native made his Major League debut on April 17, 1945 at the age of 22 years old. His final game would come on July 7, 1963 when he was 40 years old. The second baseman would be inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1989.
During the 1956 season, the Cardinals sent Red to the New York Giants. The next season, the Giants traded him to the Milwaukee Braves. Red would play for Braves until after the 1960 season ended. He returned to the Cardinals for the 1961-63 seasons.
In 19 seasons, he had a career line of .289/.337/.387 with 2,449 career hits. He went to the postseason three times, winning with both the Cardinals and the Braves. In 19 seasons, he was selected to play in ten All-Star games.