I wanted to repost this in memory of Red who crossed over at age 95.
When we are young, we often find heroes and heroines — people of some note who in some way manifest qualities we hope to acquire. For males of my generation, many of those heroes were either cowboys or athletes or both. As such, some of my boyhood heroes included Jimmy Piersall, Shane, and Hopalong Cassidy. And Red Schoendienst.
Red played a significant role in my life. He provided an early example of courage in the face of hardship. Later he provided a connection with my mother.
Red had a Hall-of-Fame career as a second baseman and then as a coach and manager. At the time he became a hero, he was playing for the Milwaukee Braves. His career, however, came to a halt because of a bout of tuberculosis. But he came back.
I remember seeing the game in which he returned from his illness and came to bat as…
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