Red Schoendienst, a sure-handed second baseman who led the National League in fielding seven times, and former umpire Al Barlick were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame Tuesday by the veterans committee, but Phil Rizzuto was snubbed once again.
Schoendienst, 66, spent 18 years in the major leagues--14 with the St. Louis Cardinals--and batted over .300 seven times. He also managed the Cardinals from 1965-76, winning pennants in 1967 and ’68 and a World Series title in ’67.
“My wife thought I should be in a long time ago, but that’s wives,” Schoendienst said from his apartment in St. Petersburg, Fla., where the Cardinals are in spring training.
Barlick, 73, known for his booming voice on balls-and-strikes calls, was one of the youngest umpire to make it to the majors when, at 25, he was called up to the National League in 1940. Barlick spent 27 full seasons in the league.
“I think it’s a miracle that I got in,” Barlick said by telephone from his home in Gilbert, Ariz., where he is working as an umpire consultant for the National League. “Other than that, I really don’t have anything to say.”
Rizzuto was the American League’s most valuable player in 1950 for the New York Yankees.