A Birthday Tribute to Red Schoendienst

Not many major leaguers have a 19-year playing career that includes being a 10-time All-Star. Not many managers lead the same team for 12 straight years, let alone to back-to-back National League pennants and one World Series championship. Even fewer have been involved in baseball for more than 70 years.

Photo: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

               Photo: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

In fact, there’s just one man who has done all of the above — and nearly all of it while wearing Cardinal red.

Or perhaps that should be Cardinal Red, given that man is Red Schoendienst, who today celebrates his 91st birthday.

It’s good to see that the United Cardinal Bloggers are paying tribute to Red with our monthly project today. He’s been such a part of the Cardinals for so very long now, and deserves the recognition and tributes. In the three-year history of Aaron Miles’ Fastball, I’ve enjoyed honoring him on his birthday each year.

And in case you don’t know much about Red beyond starring in perhaps the greatest Cardinals commercial ever, read on for what I wrote two years ago. And take a look at Red through the years in my post from last year.

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