Former major leaguer Freddy Schmidt passed away on Saturday at the age of 96 in Wind Gap, Pennsylvania, reports the Lehigh Valley (PA) Express-Times.
Schmidt has special significance to the St. Louis Cardinals, as he had been the club’s oldest living former player for the last two-plus years. A right-handed pitcher who appeared in 1944, 1946 and 1947 with St. Louis, Schmidt began his minor league career in the Cardinals system in 1937 after being signed out of a tryout camp.
After leaving the Cardinals, Schmidt appeared briefly with the Cubs and Phillies in 1947, but that concluded the major league segment of his career. The Hartford, Connecticut native continued to pitch in the minor leagues through 1953, then settled in Pennsylvania, where he had worked and lived since.