1945- Musial Enters the Navy; Red Wears #6

Musial Misses Season

Stan Musial missed the entire 1945 season while serving with the Navy. This was hard on the team after winning the Championship in ’44. The Cardinals sign a youngster named Red Schoendienst for the team and assign him to wear #6 while Musial is gone.

The main starting lineup consisted of:

Catcher Ken O’Dea  1B Ray Sanders  2B Emil Verban  3B Whitey Kurowski

SS Marty Marion  OF Red Schoendienst  Buster Adams   Johnny Happ

The rotation consisted of Red Barrett  Harry Brecheen and Blix Donnelly

On April 17, Schoendienst makes his major league debut (BOXSCORE) and goes 1-for-4 while playing almost exclusively in the outfield.

Mort Cooper Traded

The Cardinals trade pitcher Mort Cooper to the Braves on May 23rd. He was a three time 20-game winner for the Cardinals.

The Cardinals went 95–59 during the season and finished 2nd in the National League. The Cardinals set a Major League record which still stands, for the fewest double plays grounded into during a season, with only 75.

Kurowski leads the team in almost all the offensive categories with a .323 batting average, 21 home runs and 102 RBI’s. Manager Billy Southworth resigns for the better paying job for the Boston Braves and he is replaced by Eddie Dyer.