October 16, 2008
by William Szczepanek
Baseball was competing with wrestling on the TV in the early 50s and frequently stopped action for a match at home plate. Here, Red Schoendienst (Topps 1956 #165)better known as Killer Red, is attempting to rip the ear off of the opposing catcher.
In reality, mild-mannered Schoendienst was an excellent fielder and finished second in hitting to Carl Furillo in 1953 with a .342 average. He owns the dubious distinction of being on 3 of 5 teams to lose the World Series after leading 3 games to 1. He led the NL in stolen bases in his rookie year of 1945. He led the league in hits in 1957 with 200 and in doubles in 1950 with 43. He was a ten time All Star, winning the 1950 contest with a home run in the 14th inning. He was elected to the hall of fame in 1989 with a career .289 batting average.
You can check out Schoendienst's stats at Baseball-Reference.com