Red Schoendienst Rookie Card
Red Schoendienst has one official rookie card. In 1942, while working at Scott Field in Belleville, Illinois Red heard that the Cardinals were holding tryouts and those who tried out for the team would be allowed to watch a Cardinals game at no charge.
Red Schoendienst Baseball Origins
In a 1989 interview with “5 On Your Side” Red shared how he got started in baseball. Sportsman Park in Greenville, Mississippi was the destination, Red hitchhiked via a milk truck and slept on a park bench in an effort to try out and make the team.
Impressing Cardinals Head Scout, Red was kept at the camp the remainder of that week. But by the end of the week was sent home without a contract. When Head Scout Joe Mathes got wind of this he quickly sent for Red and offered the young 19-year-old a contract.
He eventually made the team and on April 17, 1945, he debuted as the Cardinals left-fielder. The following year he would transition to second-base where he flourished into the best pair of hands in the game and led the league in fielding percentage six times.
Oh! That Last Name
His full name is listed as Albert Fred Schoendienst. The term of endearment “Red” was more than likely taken from his middle name and his extremely red hair. The pronunciation of his last name has more variants than the 2019 Topps Tek Baseball product.
But according to Baseball-Reference.com, it’s pronounced \SHANE-deenst\ respectively.
Red Schoendienst Handicap
Red told the story of an incident he had as a 16-year-old that would’ve altered his life entirely. While working on a fence a nail injured his left eye. He almost lost that eye but with time and no surgery, it healed but not without side effects.
Suffering from headaches for years it would eventually take effect on his right-handed batting. Finding it difficult to pick up on certain pitches, he taught himself how to bat left-handed.
Also, contributed to the game as a coach and a successful manager. All in all, he had a total of 70 years of service in Major League Baseball in some way, shape, or form!
St Louis Cardinal pitcher Adam Wainwright told Fox Sports this about Red Schoendienst.
“He knew more about the game, had seen more, experienced more and had more to teach and give than anybody I’ve ever seen. A great baseball mind. A great Cardinal man.”
Career Stats & Accomplishments
Career Summary: Runs 1,223 | Hits 2,449 | Batting Avg .289
- 10x All-Star
- 2x World Series Champion (1946, 1957)
- 1989 Hall of Fame Induction
I almost forgot. You know that bad left eye? He had a batting average of .300+ seven times! As a ballplayer, he played for 19 seasons. 15 years with the Cardinals, 4 years with the Milwaukee Braves, and 2 years with the New York Giants.
Official Rookie Card of Hall of Famer
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The lone rookie card of Red Schoendienst is this 1948 Bowman. It measures 2-1/16″ X 2-1/2″ packs were distributed at the national level and sold for a penny, they came with one card and one piece of bubblegum.
1948 is also the year that Bowman made their debut into the baseball card world and ironically the complete set featured 48 cards. Get it? 48 cards in 1948! With an aggressive business strategy, Bowman found themselves as the only card manufacturer to dominate nationally in its distribution.
Card number 38 of our featured Hall of Famer gives collectors a black and white action photo. I love the pose and really appreciate the background of the ballpark.
The photo sits on a white border and surprisingly to me the overall card stock on this set holds up really well as decent-looking copies can still be found today. However, a well-centered one can be difficult to find.
The card back gives us black ink on gray cardboard. Not much eye appeal but we do get player bio towards the top of the card. Player commentary at the center of the card and of course advertisements: Bolony Bubble Gum – “the Bubble Gum with three different flavors.”
Bowman was not a baseball card company they were a bubble gum manufacturer that used baseball cards to sell bubble gum. Genius concept!
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