1969 BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE DAY-DICK “DUCKY” SCHOFIELD- ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

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Dick “Ducky” Schofield had a lengthy -19 year career as a major league baseball player. He came up to the St.Louis Cardinals as an 18 year old in 1953 and his career ended at age 36 after time with the Milwaukee Brewers. Schofield was a light-hitting back up infielder for most of his career. He played with seven different teams- and had three different stints with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a part of one World Championship team- the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates.  He was a contributor off the bench that season with the Pirates- although he only had 102 at bats he did hit .333 his highest ever average for a season. He played a key role in September of 1960 for the Pirates. Their regular shortstop- and eventual NL batting champion and  1960 NL MVP Dick Groat broke his wrist on September 6, Schofield stepped in the rest of the regular season and hit .403 the rest of the way. Groat was back for the World Series and Schofield went 1-3 in the World Series that year as a reserve.

Early in the 1965 season the Pirates traded Schofield to the San Francisco Giants and in a round about way helped contribute to another Pirates World Championship. The Pirates acquired utility man Jose Pagan in return. In 1971 Pagan would play a key role off the bench for the Pirates-including knocking in one of the Pirates two runs in Game 7 that the Pirates won 2-1.

Schofield is the first of three generations of Schofield’s to play in Major League Baseball. His son Dick like his father was a good fielding, light hitting shortstop from 1983-96 mostly with the California Angels. His daughter Kim’s son is Jayson Werth who has had a long and productive career as a power hitting outfielder- currently in the  Seattle Mariners organization. Ducky, Dick and Jayson all at one time or another played with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ducky Schofield was mainly a glove man. His career batting statistics- 21 home runs, 211 RBI’s and a .227 battling average. Ducky Schofield is now eighty-three years old and lives in Springfield, Illinois.

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