One cannot think of Cardinals baseball and not think of Albert "Red" Schoendienst, who wore the Cardinals uniform for some 45 years as player, coach and manager. As a player, his stats are impressive. He began his career in 1945, when he joined the club to fill in for Stan Musial who left to serve in the U.S. Army. On the Cardinals' career lists, he ranks fourth in at-bats (6,841) and pinch hits (53); fifth in games (1,795), runs (1,025) and hits (1,980); sixth in doubles (352); and seventh in total bases (2,657). He led the N.L. with 200 hits in 1957 and seven times he either led or tied for the league lead in fielding percentage. As a manager, Schoendienst piloted St. Louis to a World Series victory in 1967 over the Red Sox and another N.L. pennant in 1968 en route to a 12-year tenure as skipper, the longest in franchise history. Still active in the organization, Schoendienst was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1989 and his number (2) was retired in 1996.