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Schoendienst now oldest living HOFer after Doerr's death

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(TSX / STATS) -- The death of Bobby Doerr at age 99 led to a new title for legendary St. Louis Cardinals player and manager Red Schoendienst.

Schoendienst, 94, is now the oldest living Baseball Hall of Famer.

It wasn't exactly a title Schoendienst wanted to earn.

"I didn't want him to go," Schoendienst told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in reference to Doerr, a former Boston Red Sox star.

"It's time for everything. We were still young kids when we played them in the '46 Series. He was a helluva good guy and a helluva good player."

Schoendienst, who turns 95 on Feb. 2, told the newspaper his own health is good but he does struggle with arthritis and also with neuropathy (nerve issues) in his feet and legs.

"I'm limited in what I can do," Schoendienst said. "I don't go to too many places at all."

Schoendienst was a 10-time All-Star with the Cardinals during a playing career that lasted from 1945-63. He had a .289 batting average in 2,216 career games with the Cardinals, New York Giants and Milwaukee Braves.

He became St. Louis' manager in 1965 and guided the club to a 1967 World Series title. He had a 1,041-955 managerial record in parts of 14 seasons.

Schoendienst was selected to the Hall of Fame in 1989 by the Veteran's Committee.

Updated November 14, 2017

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