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ST. LOUIS — Seventy years ago, a ballplayer from a small-town Catholic family began a Hall of Fame career in major league baseball.
Red with Bp. Richard F. Stika
Albert “Red” Schoendienst, 92, also is known for quietly living his faith and serving as a mentor and role model for young players.
The St. Louis Cardinals marked the milestone by honoring the player, manager, coach and now team special assistant before an early season game. The team also launched a season-long campaign encouraging fans to demonstrate their affection for Schoendienst by sharing a video message via social media using the hashtag #LoveRed2.
He called the ceremony a terrific gesture, especially having his grandchildren and great-grandchildren on hand.
“Baseball’s been so good to me,” he said. “I don’t know how to express myself to thank them for everything that’s happened to me.”