October 1, 2008

Red

One of my weakest points of baseball knowledge is in regard to the "semi-stars" of the pre-1960's period. I don't know much about them beyond name or some stats in my almanacs...their cards aren't readily available at reasonable prices and many have passed away so including them in modern sets is impossible beyond cut signatures.

One such player is Red Schoendienst who I knew next to nothing until only recently. Two cards in particular brought him into my view...one from the Distinguished Service insert set from the Topps set a few years ago and this year's Heritage:

He has over 2,000 hits and a lifetime average of .289 and after digging a little more into Red's career, he is also the longest serving Cardinals manager [Tony La Russa is now tied with him as manager for 12 years]. His manager card from the 1971 Topps set was added from eBay last week and pushes the set over the 1% complete mark!

Complete Set: 752 cards
Current Total: 8/752 = 1.06% complete

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