Cardinals legend Red Schoendienst

Red Schoendienst takes part in a ceremony honoring the 50th anniversary of the victory before the start of a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

It’s a sad day in Cardinal Nation as Hall of Famer Albert "Red" Schoendienst has died at age 95.

Schoendienst was a lifer in the Cardinals organization, playing for St. Louis from 1945 to 1956 and again from 1961 to 1963. He racked up 1,980 of his 2,449 career hits with the Cardinals. He managed the Cardinals from 1965 to 1976, winning over 1,000 games and leading the Cardinals to a World Series title in 1967.

He is second all-time on the franchise wins list.

Schoendienst served as an interim manager in 1980 and 1990 and has remained a beloved member of the organization to this day. 2018 marked the 74th consecutive year for Schoendienst wearing a major league uniform as a player, coach or manager.

He was widely considered one of the best defensive second basemen of his era. Fellow Cardinals legend Stan Musial once said that Schoendienst had "the greatest pair of hands I’ve ever seen in baseball."

A 10-time All-Star, Schoendienst was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989. He was part of the inaugural class of the Cardinals Hall of Fame in 2014.

He won the World Series twice as a player, in 1946 with the Cardinals and 1957 with the Milwaukee Braves, twice as a bench coach with the Cardinals in 1964 and 1982 and once as the Cardinals manager in 1967.

KMOV had a chance to talk with Red in 2015. Click here to read our feature on his incredible life and his role in baseball history.

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