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Oldest Living Phillie, Freddy Schmidt, 96 passes away - "Moon" Mullen now oldest Phil

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  • Oldest Living Phillie, Freddy Schmidt, 96 passes away - "Moon" Mullen now oldest Phil

    Freddy Schmidt, the oldest living Phillie and 4th oldest living major leaguer passed away Saturday in Northeastern Pennsylvania at the age of 96
    Schmidt was more than 96 years and 9 months old at his death. He lived in recent years in Wind Gap, PA (near Stroudsberg and Allentown PA).
    Schmidt appeared with two Worlds Championship teams in his three years in the majors.
    He was a 28 year old rookie righthanded "swing man" pitcher who could start or relieve with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1944. He made an appearence in one World Series game against the Cards' crosstown rival the St. Lous Browns, and he pitched 3.1 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit.
    After military service in 1945 Schmidt returned to the Cardinals the followng season and made a contribution to the Cards staff, although he didn't appear in any 1946 World Series games. Schmidt's appearence on World Series winning teams in each of his first two years in MLB hasn't been accomplished often outside of Yankees rookies during their 1936-39 and 1949-1953 Worlds championship dynasties. Lifetime Schmidt was 13-11 in the majors, and in a long minor league career of nearly 15 seasons he was 140-134.
    In his final year in the majors, 1947 Schmidt appeared with three teams [- the Cardinals, the Phillies, and the Cubs. The Phillies were his middle stop. Schmidt made on-field annual appearences in recent years in Phillies Alumni Weekends, held to honor the team's annual selection to the Phillies Wall Of Fame. (Traditionally held each year in Early August).
    Schmidt was born on February 9,1916 and his successor to the title Oldest Living Phillie, infielder Ford "Moon" Mullen, 95, shares that birthday, but was born one year later than Schmidt , on Feb. 9, 1917. Mullen's career was shortened by World War Two military service, but he was the Phillies everyday second baseman in 1944, hitting .267 in about 500 plate appearences. In addition to being the oldest living Phillie, Mullen now ranks as the 7th oldest living major leaguer. After his playing career Mullen was a physical education teacher for decades in the Olympia, Washington area before retiring.

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