Red Schoendienst 46 WS Champ St Louis Cardinals Autographed Signed ONL Baseball COA
~~THIS ONE IS A BEAUTY!!
Great looking single signed baseball by former member of the 1946 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals...Hall of Famer...Red Schoendienst.
Red began his career in 1945 with the St. Louis Cardinals. He played for the Cardinals 1945-56, 1961-63, New York Giants 1956-57 and Milwaukee Braves 1957-60. Red was named to 10 All-Star teams, led the NL in doubles in 1950 and hits in 1957, and played on the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals in 1946 and the World Champion Milwaukee Braves in 1957. Red was also the manager of the 1967 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals and he was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989. Red signed the sweet spot of this ONL Leonard S. Coleman baseball in blue ballpoint pen and he also inscribed underneath his name, "46-WS-Champ", to note his affiliation with the great team. He signed this baseball on December 19, 1999.
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Albert Fred "Red" Schoendienst (born February 2, 1923) is an American former player, coach and manager in Major League Baseball. A second baseman and switch-hitter, he played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1945-56, 1961-63), New York Giants (1956-57) and Milwaukee Braves (1957-60). After retiring, Schoendienst in 1965 began the longest managerial tenure in Cardinals history, skippering the team from 1965 through 1976. Under his direction, St. Louis won National League pennants in 1967 and 1968, and defeated the Boston Red Sox in seven games in the 1967 World Series.
Schoendienst was born in Germantown, Illinois. After being named the International League MVP in 1943 and then spending almost a year in the Army during World War II, he was discharged in 1945 due to a severe eye injury and an injured shoulder. However, he made the Cardinals as a left fielder, and finished the '45 season batting .278 with a league-high 26 stolen bases. In 1946 he moved to second base, helping the Cardinals to win their third World Series title in four years. With sure hands and quick reflexes, he led the league's second basemen for the first of seven seasons, handling 320 consecutive chances without an error in 1950. Schoendienst set a league record in 1956 with a .9934 fielding average, eclipsed 30 years later by Ryne Sandberg. Schoendienst won the Home Run Derby Contest in 1946.
In 1953 Schoendienst finished second in the NL batting race, batting .342 to Carl Furillo's .344. He scored 107 runs and drove in 79 runs from the #2 spot in the order, setting a career high with 15 home runs. He was selected to the All-Star team for the seventh time.
A 1957 trade brought him to the Milwaukee Braves in mid-season, and he promptly led the team to its first pennant in nine years, batting .309 and finishing third in the NL MVP vote. They followed with a triumph in the World Series over the New York Yankees - the Braves' only championship in Milwaukee, and the first for the franchise since 1914. The Braves repeated as NL champions in 1958. However, in 1959, Schoendienst only appeared in five games (and was hitless in three at bats) as he successfully battled tuberculosis. He returned to the Braves in 1960 and played in 68 games, then rejoined the Cardinals as a player-coach from 1961-63 and a fulltime coach in 1964, just prior to being named manager. His record as a St. Louis pilot, over 12 fulltime seasons (1965-76) and two stints (1980; 1990) as an acting manager was 1,041 victories and 955 defeats (.522). After two years away from the Mound City as a coach for the 1977-78 Oakland Athletics, Schoendienst returned to the Cardinals as a coach, acting manager and special assistant to the general manager.
In his career Schoendienst compiled a .289 batting average, with 84 home runs, 773 runs batted in, 1223 runs, 2449 hits, 427 doubles, 78 triples and 89 stolen bases, in 2216 games played. As a second baseman he put up big numbers: 4616 putouts, 5243 assists, 1368 double plays, and only 170 errors in 10029 total chances, for a high .983 fielding average.
Red Schoendienst was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989. In 1989 he was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
•10-time All-Star (1946, 1948-55, 1957)
•Third in the NL MVP voting (1957, behind Hank Aaron and Stan Musial).
•Led league in hits (200, 1957)
•Led league in stolen bases (26, 1945)
•Twice led league in at bats (659, 1947; 642, 1950)
•Still holds MLB record with eight doubles over a three-game span (1948)
•"The greatest pair of hands I've ever seen" - teammate Stan Musial.
Schoendienst had the dubious distinction of being a member of three of five teams to lose a World Series after leading three games to one. He played for the Milwaukee Braves team that lost to the New York Yankees in the 1958 World Series, was the manager of the St. Louis Cardinal team that lost to the Detroit Tigers in the 1968 World Series, and was Whitey Herzog's bench coach on the Cardinal team that lost to the Kansas City Royals in the 1985 World Series.
•Schoendienst's daughter sang God Bless America during the Seventh-inning stretch of Game 4 of the 2006 World Series.
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