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Tony Taylor played his first and last games in the major leagues at St. Louis against the Cardinals. In between, he had two splendid series against them, one in 1960 and the other in 1970.

An infielder who had 2,007 hits in 19 seasons in the big leagues, Taylor died July 16, 2020, at 84. He primarily played for the Phillies, but entered the majors with the Cubs and was mentored by the former Cardinals standout, Rogers Hornsby.

Late in Taylor’s career, the Cardinals tried to acquire him, but he opted to return to the Phillies.

Deep in Dixie

Born and raised in Cuba, Taylor liked to study chemistry in school. “If I didn’t go into baseball, I would have become a chemist for a sugar company,” he told The Sporting News.

A friend, Felix Gomez, had played for Texas City, an independent club in the minor leagues, and persuaded Taylor to start a pro baseball career there. Taylor was 18 when he signed with Texas City in 1954. During the season, the franchise was shifted to Thibodaux, La.

On the field, Taylor thrived, playing third base and batting .314, but “off the field, he was confused, anxious and lonely,” The Sporting News reported.

“I was so homesick,” Taylor said.

Taylor said he would have quit during the season, but lacked the money for a plane ticket to Cuba.

The Giants bought his contract after the 1954 season and he spent the next three years (1955-57) in their farm system.

Success at St. Louis

In December 1957, the Cubs chose Taylor in the minor-league draft and he went to spring training in 1958 as a candidate for the third base job. At training camp, Cubs manager Bob Scheffing was impressed with Taylor’s fielding range and moved him to second base, even though Taylor never had played the position. “He’ll get a lot of balls nobody else would reach,” Scheffing said.

Two of the Cubs’ coaches, Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby and George Myatt, were former big-league second basemen and they helped Taylor make the transition from third base, The Sporting News reported.

As Opening Day neared, the Chicago Tribune reported Taylor “has done slick work at second, ” but added he “has become a controversial figure in camp. There are those who believe he can’t miss but others rate him lacking in big-league ability.”

Scheffing’s confidence in Taylor never wavered. On April 15, 1958, when the Cubs opened the season at St. Louis, Taylor was the second baseman and batted in the leadoff spot. In his first at-bat in the majors, Taylor opened the game with a double against Vinegar Bend Mizell and went on to score, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead in a game they won, 4-0. Boxscore

In 1960, Taylor was 8-for-14 for the Cubs in a three-game series at St. Louis. Taylor capped the weekend by going 4-for-5 with three RBI in the series finale in what the Chicago Tribune called “a Taylor-made victory” for the Cubs. Boxscore

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch described Taylor as “the quiet man with the loud bat.”

A right-handed batter, Taylor had a powerful build on a 5-foot-9 frame. Rogers Hornsby, who had become a Cubs batting instructor, told The Sporting News he believed Taylor would be a .300 hitter. “If he ever learns to stride into the the ball and pull it,” Hornsby added, “he’ll be a home run slugger.”

Two weeks after his big St, Louis series, Taylor was traded to the Phillies.

Popular with Phillies

Taylor became a Phillies favorite. In 1963, he led National League second basemen in fielding percentage, produced 180 hits and scored 102 runs. Taylor six times had 20 or more stolen bases in a season.

Taylor was the Phillies’ second baseman from 1960-65, moved to a utility role in 1966-67 when Cookie Rojas became the starter, and took over at third base in 1968-69.

In 1970, the Phillies moved Don Money from shortstop to third base and went with rookies Denny Doyle at second and Larry Bowa at shortstop. Taylor, 34, opened the season in left field, but returned to second base when Doyle slumped.

Taylor time

On May 21, 1970, Philadelphia was abuzz with anticipation when the Cardinals opened a four-game series with the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium. Slugger Richie Allen was playing in Philadelphia for the first time since being traded by the Phillies to the Cardinals.

In the Thursday night series opener, the focus was on Allen, but Taylor, his former road roommate, stole the show.

Cardinals starter Steve Carlton struck out 16 batters in eight innings, but the Phillies led, 3-0, entering the ninth. The Cardinals came back with three runs in the top of the ninth, including two on a home run by Allen, tying the score.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Phillies had runners on first and second, two outs, when Taylor came to the plate. “He was the right guy in the right spot,” Phillies manager Frank Lucchesi told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Facing reliever Sal Campisi, Taylor told the Philadelphia Daily News, “I try to hit the ball up the middle in a spot like that. I was looking for a strike, a ball I could handle.”

Taylor grounded a single into center field, scoring John Briggs from second and giving the Phillies a 4-3 walkoff victory. Boxscore

Cardinals catcher Bart Zeller, making his big-league debut, told the Post-Dispatch, “Taylor hit a slider up, and we were trying to keep it away, but it got the middle of the plate.”

Tribute for Taylor

The next night, Taylor moved to third base to replace Don Money, who was injured in the series opener when a ball he was about to field struck him in the right eye. Taylor had two hits, scored a run and swiped a base, but the Cardinals won, 6-3. Boxscore

Game 3 of the series was Tony Taylor Night in Philadelphia and he was honored in ceremonies before the game. Standing at home plate with family, including his mother, who arrived from Cuba in March, Taylor was presented with gifts, including a trip to Spain for he and his wife.

Unfazed by the show of affection for Taylor, Bob Gibson struck him out three times in the game and finished with 16 in a 3-1 victory. Taylor did get one of the four hits Gibson allowed. Richie Allen drove in all the Cardinals’ runs with a pair of home runs versus Jim Bunning. Boxscore

The series finale on Sunday afternoon gave Taylor the chance to produce another game-winning hit, and he delivered.

In the 10th inning, with the score tied at 5-5, the Phillies loaded the bases with none out before Taylor lined a single to right on a fastball from Chuck Taylor, scoring Grant Jackson from third and giving the Phillies a 6-5 walkoff triumph. Richie Allen struck out five times in the game. Boxscore

Taylor finished the season with a .301 batting mark. He hit .411 with runners in scoring position.

Tony the Tiger

The Phillies traded Taylor to the Tigers in June 1971. He made the only postseason appearance of his career with them in 1972.

Released by the Tigers in December 1973, Taylor, 38, was pursued by the Cardinals, who wanted him for a utility role, United Press International reported, but he returned to the Phillies and played three more seasons for them.

On Sept. 29, 1976, Taylor ended his major-league playing career where it began, at St. Louis. Batting for pitcher Tug McGraw, Taylor grounded out to second versus John Curtis. Boxscore

Taylor went on to manage in the Phillies’ farm system for five seasons, coached for the Phillies and Marlins and was an instructor for the Giants.

Mike Ryan connected with Steve Carlton behind the plate, not at the plate.

A catcher of superior defensive skills who played in the 1967 World Series for the Red Sox against the Cardinals, Ryan died July 7, 2020, at 78.

Ryan played in 11 seasons in the big leagues because of his glove work and strong throwing arm. His career batting average with the Red Sox (1964-67), Phillies (1968-73) and Pirates (1974) was .193.

Ryan’s strength and weakness were illustrated by his interactions with Carlton. With the Phillies from 1968-71, Ryan was hitless in 26 at-bats against the Cardinals’ left-hander. When Carlton got traded to the Phillies in 1972, Ryan became one of his catchers in an award-winning season.

New England tough

Ryan was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, about 35 miles north of Boston and near the border of New Hampshire. He grew up a Red Sox fan and took up catching when he was 9. “A catcher’s mitt wasn’t the first glove I owned, but it was my favorite,” Ryan told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I guess I liked the idea of being in on every play.”

A prominent sandlot player, Ryan signed with the Red Sox when he was 18 and played in their farm system from 1961-64.

On the last weekend of the 1964 season, injuries left the Red Sox short of catchers and they called up Ryan. Manager Billy Herman put him in the starting lineup in a Saturday game against the Senators at Boston’s Fenway Park. Bill Monbouquette pitched a shutout for the Red Sox. Ryan caught seven innings and drove in two runs in his major-league debut. Boxscore

With a Massachusetts accent described by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “thick as chowder,” Ryan was a natural for the Red Sox. He spent part of 1965 with them and was their Opening Day catcher in 1966 and 1967. In August 1967, the Red Sox acquired catcher Elston Howard from the Yankees and he supplanted Ryan as the starter for the pennant stretch.

Howard, 38, appealed to Red Sox manager Dick Williams more than Ryan, 25, did because Howard had played in nine World Series for the Yankees. Ryan objected to being displaced and spoke out about it. He considered himself a better defensive catcher than Howard, and Howard (.147) did even less at the plate for the Red Sox than Ryan did (.199).

“They put the screws to me around here,” Ryan told the Boston Globe.

The Red Sox clinched the American League pennant on the last day of the 1967 season. In the World Series versus the Cardinals, Howard did most of the catching. Ryan’s only appearance came in Game 4 at St. Louis when he replaced Howard in the fifth inning and went hitless in two at-bats against Bob Gibson. Boxscore

During the regular season, Red Sox ace Jim Lonborg, who won the 1967 American League Cy Young Award, started more games with Ryan as his catcher than he did with Elston Howard, or backups Russ Gibson and Bob Tillman.

In a tribute to Ryan in the Eagle-Tribune of North Andover, Massachusetts, Lonborg said, “He taught me what New England toughness was all about. Broken fingers, cracked ribs. The game must go on.”

Two months after the Cardinals prevailed in the 1967 World Series, Ryan was traded to the Phillies. “I’m glad to get away, to get a chance,” Ryan told the Boston Globe.

Good field, no hit

Ryan “has a strong arm, a sure glove and handled Boston’s young pitchers intelligently,” the Philadelphia Daily News noted.

He was the Phillies’ Opening Day catcher in 1968 and 1969. In the off-seasons, Ryan and his wife collected antiques. “The catcher has a poet’s soul,” wrote the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Bill Lyon.

Ryan led National League catchers in percentage of runners caught attempting to steal (57.6) in 1968 and in assists (79) in 1969, but his batting marks for those seasons were .179 and .204.

“Mike Ryan can’t hit a lick and that’s the pity of it,” Bill Conlin of the Philadelphia Daily News wrote. “He’s tried a dozen stances and a jillion bats, but nothing has helped.”

Ryan told Sandy Padwe of the Philadelphia Inquirer, “There have been times I was so confused that I didn’t even know my name when I went up to bat. The whole thing is so frustrating. It takes so much out of you. Maybe I’m just not a hitter, but I can’t believe that.”

Collecting Cardinals

In October 1969, looking to get more production from the catcher position, the Phillies acquired Tim McCarver from the Cardinals and Ryan became a backup.

McCarver and Ryan were involved in a freak occurrence on May 2, 1970, in a game at San Francisco. In the sixth inning, a foul tip by Willie Mays fractured McCarver’s right hand. Ryan replaced him. After Mays singled and Willie McCovey doubled, Ken Henderson singled to right. Ron Stone’s throw to Ryan nailed McCovey at the plate, but Ryan fractured his left hand when spiked by McCovey. Boxscore

McCarver hit .287 in 1970 and .278 in 1971, but his defensive skills were slipping.

The Phillies acquired Steve Carlton from the Cardinals in February 1972. The deal reunited Carlton with McCarver, who was Carlton’s catcher with the Cardinals from 1965-69, but Phillies manager Frank Lucchesi was becoming disenchanted with McCarver’s weak throwing.

“If Mike Ryan had McCarver’s .280 bat, he would be a six-figure everyday player, a great star,” declared the Philadelphia Daily News. “If McCarver had Ryan’s sure, soft hands and lightning release, he’d be an all-star.”

Neither Carlton nor McCarver got off to a strong start with the 1972 Phillies. At the end of May, Carlton was 5-6 and McCarver was batting .208. “The Phillies watched McCarver three-hop balls to second and handle pitches as if they were live grenades while waiting for a bat which never came around,” according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

On June 14, 1972, the Phillies dealt McCarver to the Expos for catcher John Bateman.

Teaching and helping

With Bateman starting and Ryan backing up, Carlton put together a big season (27-10, 1.97 ERA) for a bad team (59-97) and won the 1972 National League Cy Young Award. “I could have told the hitters what was coming and they still wouldn’t have touched Steve,” Ryan told The Sporting News. “He dominated hitters.”

In 1973, rookie Bob Boone became the Phillies’ catcher, Bateman departed and Ryan remained the backup. In two seasons (1972-73) together, Carlton and Ryan formed the Phillies’ battery in 10 games. Ryan also was reunited in 1973 with Lonborg, who was acquired by the Phillies.

Ryan finished his playing career in 1974 with the Pirates. He was a manager in the Pirates’ farm system for two years (1975-76) and mentored a teen catching prospect, Tony Pena. Ryan also managed Phillies minor-league teams for two seasons (1977-78) and helped advance the career of outfielder Lonnie Smith.

For 16 years (1980-95), Ryan was a Phillies coach. The Phillies got to the World Series three times in that stretch, including 1993, when their catcher was Darren Daulton, who bonded with Ryan. “He’s as solid as they come,” Daulton told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “How much do I think of him? I named my son for him: Zachary Ryan Daulton.”

Before he became a Cardinals closer, Jason Isringhausen was a starting pitcher who appeared ready to anchor the Mets’ rotation for a long time.

Twenty-five years ago, on July 17, 1995, Isringhausen, 24, made his major-league debut in a start for the Mets against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Isringhausen, or Izzy as he became known to some, pitched impressively versus the Cubs, fulfilling lofty expectations after a stellar season in the minors, and went on to have a successful rookie year.

A right-hander, Isringhausen’s career went into reverse the following season when he had two arthroscopic surgeries _ one to repair a tear in his right shoulder and the other to remove bone chips in his right elbow.

Plagued by more illness and injuries, Isringhausen didn’t become an ace with the Mets, but he revived his career as a reliever with the Athletics before joining the Cardinals and becoming the franchise leader in career saves.

Longshot prospect

Isringhausen was born and raised in the village of Brighton, Ill., about 40 miles from St. Louis. He attended Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Ill., for two years and was an outfielder on its baseball team.

The Mets took Isringhausen in the 44th round of the 1991 June amateur baseball draft. He was the 1,157th player selected.

Converted to pitcher, Isringhausen made the most of the chance and rose through the Mets’ farm system as a starter. “The Mets are intrigued by the development” of Isringhausen, The Sporting News reported in May 1994.

In 1995, Isringhausen began the season at Class AA Binghamton and was 2-1 with a 2.85 ERA. Promoted to Class AAA Norfolk, he was 9-1 with a 1.55 ERA.

Amid much hype, Isringhausen made the leap from sleepy Brighton to bustling New York City when the Mets brought him to the majors in July 1995 and put him in their rotation.

Looking good

For his debut game in the big leagues, Isringhausen asked for uniform No. 44, a visual reminder of the high round he was drafted.

More than 30 friends and family members, including his father Chuck, celebrating his 54th birthday, made the 275-mile trek from Brighton to Chicago to see Isringhausen start against the Cubs on a Monday night.

Isringhausen didn’t disappoint. He retired the Cubs in order in six of his seven innings. The Cubs scored two runs, both in the fourth, on two hits and two walks. Otherwise, Isringhausen retired the first 10 batters as well as the last 10.

“It was much better than I expected,” Isringhausen told the New York Daily News. “It wasn’t easy. I worked my butt off. I was pretty nervous in the first inning, but after I got through the lineup one time I really calmed down.”

When Isringhausen departed after the seventh inning, the score was tied at 2-2. The Mets scored five times in the ninth for a 7-2 triumph. The win went to reliever Jerry DiPoto, who pitched two scoreless innings, but the story was Isringhausen. Boxscore

“The kid was everything they promised and more. Much more,” declared the Chicago Tribune.

Of the 25 batters Isringhausen faced, he threw 17 first-pitch strikes.

“The kid is real good,” said Mark Grace, whose single with one out in the fourth was the first hit against Isringhausen. “He had a great fastball and good curve. He still has to develop a third pitch, but if he does, then he’ll really be something. I have to say I was very impressed.”

Said Mets manager Dallas Green: “We know now he can pitch at the major-league level. He knows it now, too.”

First win

Isringhausen got no decision in his next start against the Rockies at Denver.

His third start, on July 30, 1995, versus the Pirates was his first in New York. Isringhausen pitched eight innings, yielded one run and got his first win in the majors. Boxscore

“Izzy had everything going, a good changeup, a real good curve and a good fastball,” said Mets catcher Alberto Castillo. “Everything he pitched, he put right in my glove.”

Said Dallas Green, “He’ll more than justify our faith in him. No question about that.”

After splitting his first four decisions, Isringhausen won his last seven in a row and finished 9-2 with a 2.81 ERA in 14 starts for the 1995 Mets.

Converted closer

At spring training in 1996, Isringhausen and two other young Mets starters, Bill Pulsipher and Paul Wilson, were drawing comparisons with the 1969 Mets trio of Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman and Nolan Ryan, but it didn’t work out. Isringhausen never had another wining season with the Mets.

After his shoulder and elbow surgeries in 1996, Isringhausen developed tuberculosis in 1997. He also broke his right wrist. He was sidelined all of the 1998 season after having reconstructive surgery on his right elbow.

In July 1999, the Mets traded Isringhausen (1-3, 6.41 ERA) to the Athletics, and the move saved his career. Isringhausen became a closer and in three seasons with the Athletics he produced 75 saves.

Granted free agency after the 2001 season, Isringhausen, 29, came close to accepting an offer from the Rangers, but signed instead with the Cardinals to play near home.

In seven seasons (2002-2008) with St. Louis, Isringhausen had a franchise-record 217 saves, including a league-leading 47 in 2004 when the Cardinals won the pennant.

After six seasons in the minors, Chris Richard got called up to the Cardinals and, on the first pitch he saw, showed he belonged in the major leagues.

Twenty years ago, on July 17, 2000, at Minneapolis, Richard hit a home run in his first plate appearance in the big leagues. It came on the first pitch of the second inning from Twins starter Mike Lincoln.

A left-handed batter who played first base and the outfield, Richard, 26, lasted two weeks with the Cardinals, but went on to play in the majors for five seasons.

Prospect with power

Richard was at Oklahoma State University when he was chosen by the Cardinals in the 19th round of the June 1995 amateur baseball draft. Multiple injuries, including a left shoulder tear requiring rotator cuff surgery, slowed his progress in the Cardinals’ system.

In 1999, Richard was injury-free for the first time in nearly two years and produced a successful season. At Arkansas, he led the club in home runs (29) and RBI (94) and batted .294.

With Memphis in 2000, Richard had 16 home runs and 75 RBI before he was called up to the Cardinals in July to fill in for outfielder J.D. Drew, who went on the disabled list because of a severely sprained left ankle.

Sweet swing

On the day Richard joined the Cardinals at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, manager Tony La Russa put him in the starting lineup as the left fielder, batting seventh.

After the Cardinals sent six batters to the plate in the first inning, Richard got his first chance to bat as the leadoff man in the second.

The first pitch to him was a fastball in the middle of the strike zone and Richard drove it to right-center. Twins center fielder Jacque Jones raced back in pursuit and reached over the short fence.

“I thought he was going to get it,” Richard told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Instead, the ball cleared the fence just before Jones tried to grab it with his glove. As the umpires signaled a home run, “I think I was just floating,” Richard said. “It was just unreal.” Video

Retired Twins outfielder Kirby Puckett later approached Richard and needled him. “If I had been playing center field, you’d have been 0-for-1,” Puckett said. Boxscore

Dream come true

Richard became the fourth Cardinals player, and the second in two weeks, to hit a home run in his first plate appearance in the majors. Catcher Keith McDonald achieved the feat on July, 4, 2000.

Since then, several others have done it for the Cardinals. The complete list:

_ Eddie Morgan, pinch-hitter, April 14, 1936, vs. Cubs.

_ Wally Moon, center fielder, April 13, 1954, vs. Cubs.

_ Keith McDonald, pinch-hitter, July 4, 2000, vs. Reds.

_ Chris Richard, left fielder, July 17, 2000, vs. Twins.

_ Gene Stechschulte, pinch-hitter, April 17, 2001, vs. Diamondbacks.

_ Hector Luna, second baseman, April 8, 2004, vs. Brewers.

_ Adam Wainwright, pitcher, May 24, 2006, vs. Giants.

_ Mark Worrell, pitcher, June 5, 2008, vs. Nationals.

_ Paul DeJong, pinch-hitter, May 28, 2017, vs. Rockies.

_ Lane Thomas, pinch-hitter, April 19, 2019, vs. Mets.

“You dream about that kind of stuff, but for it to happen, it’s unbelievable,” Richard said.

Name game

Richard had two hits and two walks in 18 plate appearances for the Cardinals before Drew came off the disabled list. Richard was assigned to Memphis when on July 29, 2000, the Cardinals traded him and pitcher Mark Nussbeck to the Orioles for reliever Mike Timlin.

The Orioles projected Richard as a player to help them rebuild. “We really hate to give him up,” Cardinals general manager Walt Jocketty told the Post-Dispatch.

Viewing the trade as an opportunity to stick in the majors, Richard said to the Baltimore Sun, “I’ll have the chance to get some at-bats and get into some games. This team is going through a transition and it’s an atmosphere where we can kind of grow as a team.”

Orioles manager Mike Hargrove welcomed Richard, but told the Sun he was struggling to remember the newcomer’s name: “I told him, ‘I’m going to keep calling you Keith Richards for a while. Don’t get upset when it happens. I’m not even a fan of the Rolling Stones.”

Richard soon made a name for himself with the Orioles, hitting 13 home runs and batting .276 in 56 games in 2000. The next year, he led the Orioles in doubles (31) and tied for the club lead in home runs (15).

Besides the Cardinals and Orioles, Richard also played for the Rockies and Rays.

On a journey to join in a happy occasion, Cardinals pitcher Bob Duliba was injured in a car accident in which two infants and a woman were killed.

Sixty years ago, on July 12, 1960, Duliba was driving from St. Louis to Kansas City to attend the wedding of teammate Ray Sadecki when his car skidded in the rain near Boonville, Mo., and was hit head-on by another vehicle.

In Duliba’s car were his wife, Alice, 21, and two other passengers, Sophie Wilga, 40, and her nine-month-old daughter, Anna Marie Wilga. The girl was killed in the accident, and Duliba and the two women were injured.

In the other car were the driver, Robert Haukap, 26, of Columbia, Mo.; his wife, Margie Haukap, 24; and their two sons, Robert Jr., 3, and nine-month-old Timothy. Killed in the accident were Timothy and his mother. Robert Jr. and his father were injured.

Duliba was charged with careless and reckless driving, but the misdemeanor charge was dismissed by a prosecutor when a jury couldn’t reach a verdict. Duliba resumed his playing career with the Cardinals and went on to pitch for three other big-league clubs.

Pitching prospect

Duliba was born in Glen Lyon, Pa., about 30 miles west of Scranton. He was 9 when his father, who worked in the coal mines, died.

In 1952, when Duliba was 17, he signed with the Cardinals. A right-handed pitcher, he played four seasons in their farm system before enlisting in the Marines in 1956. After three years in the Marines, Duliba returned to baseball with the Cardinals’ Omaha farm team in 1959.

The Cardinals promoted Duliba to the big leagues in August 1959 and he posted a 2.78 ERA in 11 relief appearances for them. Citing the young pitching talent available to the Cardinals, The Sporting News reported, “Among those who look like money in the bank are Bob Duliba, Bob Miller, Bob Gibson, Ernie Broglio and Marshall Bridges.”

In the fall of 1959, the Cardinals brought Duliba to their Florida Instructional League club to have a couple of tutors, former pitchers Johnny Grodzicki and Howie Pollet, work on improving his curveball. “We certainly feel they helped him,” said Cardinals general manager Bing Devine.

Heading into spring training in 1960, Cardinals manager Solly Hemus said he was counting on Lindy McDaniel, Duliba and Bridges to be the club’s top relievers.

In the first half of the 1960 season, Duliba, 25, made 27 relief appearances for the Cardinals and was 4-4 with a 4.20 ERA.

At the all-star break, Duliba prepared to attend Ray Sadecki’s July 13 wedding.

Highway horror

At about 7 p.m. on July 12, Duliba was driving west on U.S. Highway 40, about 10 miles past Columbia, Mo., when he lost control of the car on a curve in a rainstorm, a state trooper told the Kansas City Times.

Duliba’s passenger, Sophie Wilga, testified in magistrate court that the road was slick and the vehicle began skidding, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Wilga said Duliba’s car came to a stop in the wrong lane immediately before being struck by the car driven by Robert Haukap.

According to the Kansas City Times, Robert Haukap was an engineering student at the University of Missouri and worked for the State Highway department. He suffered a back injury, concussion and cuts in the accident.

His son, Robert Haukap Jr., suffered cuts and bruises.

Duliba’s wife, Alice, fractured her pelvis.

Sophie Wilga, who suffered cuts in the accident, was a former neighbor of Ray Sadecki. She planned to visit family in Kansas City with her daughter after attending the wedding. She was traveling with the Dulibas because her husband Stanley, a grain inspector, remained in St. Louis to work, the Post-Dispatch reported.

Duliba suffered multiple injuries, including five rib fractures, a concussion, cuts and a bruised kidney, The Sporting News reported. The Cardinals declared him inactive for the remainder of the 1960 season.

Case in court

On Aug. 12, 1960, in the Boone County magistrate court, Duliba was charged with careless and reckless driving after a coroner’s jury held him responsible for the accident, citing his car being in the wrong lane when struck. Duliba posted a $100 bond and pleaded not guilty.

According to the Post-Dispatch, Haukap had no recollection of the accident, his attorney, James L. Walsh, said at the inquest.

Duliba declined to testify at the inquest on advice of his attorney, Arnold J. Willman, the St. Louis Globe-Democrat reported. According to the Post-Dispatch, Willman said his client had no auto insurance because he couldn’t afford it.

Willman requested a jury trial and a change of venue. His requests were granted, and the case was shifted from Columbia, Mo., to Fayette, Mo.

A month later, on Oct. 17, 1960, the charge against Duliba was dismissed. Prosecuting attorney Larry Woods of Boone County recommended dismissal after the trial in magistrate court resulted in a hung jury, the Post-Dispatch reported.

Playing again

Duliba recovered from his injuries and played winter ball in Venezuela with Cardinals teammate Bob Gibson before reporting to spring training in 1961. Duliba spent the 1961 season in the minors and made 59 relief appearances.

Back in the minors at the start of the 1962 season, Duliba, 27, got called up to the Cardinals in July. In his first appearance in the majors since the accident, he worked two scoreless innings in relief of Gibson. Boxscore

On July 19, 1962, Duliba got his first save for the Cardinals in three years when he sealed a win for Sadecki against the Cubs. Boxscore

Duliba was 2-0 with two saves and a 2.06 ERA in 28 relief appearances for the 1962 Cardinals.

He figured to be in the club’s plans for 1963, but on April 5 he was optioned to the minors. Duliba “angrily demanded the Cardinals trade him,” the Globe-Democrat reported, and he was sent to the Angels for pitcher Bob Botz.

In three seasons with the Cardinals, Duliba was 6-5 with three saves and a 3.07 ERA in 66 relief appearances. He went on to pitch for the Angels (1963-64), Red Sox (1965) and Athletics (1967). His best season was 1964 when he was 6-4 with nine saves in 58 games for the Angels.

Cardinals second baseman Red Schoendienst showed a slugger’s swagger when brought together with baseball’s best.

Seventy years ago, on July 11, 1950, Schoendienst hit a towering home run in the 14th inning to lift the National League to victory in the All-Star Game at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The feat captured the attention of a nation watching the first televised All-Star Game.

A switch-hitter, Schoendienst’s style was to spray doubles to the gaps rather than bash balls over walls, but he had a feeling he could muscle up that day. According to multiple published reports, Schoendienst, in an uncharacteristic burst of Babe Ruthian bravado, called his game-winning home run before he went to the plate.

Powerful premonition

Schoendienst, 27, was a reserve on the 1950 National League all-star roster. Fans voted Jackie Robinson of the Dodgers to be the starting second baseman. Also selected as starters were three of Schoendienst’s Cardinals teammates: shortstop Marty Marion, first baseman Stan Musial and outfielder Enos Slaughter.

In his autobiography, “Red: A Baseball Life,” Schoendienst said he was shagging fly balls in the outfield before the game when he turned to his teammates and said if he got to play, “I’m going to hit one right up there, in the upper deck.”

The comment drew laughter from the other players, Schoendienst said. He’d hit a mere three home runs in the first half of the regular season and his long balls usually were line drives rather than majestic clouts.

From his seat on the bench, Schoendienst watched as the National League’s reigning home run king, Ralph Kiner of the Pirates, hit a ball deep to left field in the first inning. Ted Williams of the Red Sox crashed into the wall as he made the catch. Williams felt intense pain in his left arm, but stayed in the game, played eight innings and produced a hit and a RBI. The next day, X-rays revealed Williams fractured his left elbow in colliding with the wall and needed surgery to remove several bone fragments.

During the game, Schoendienst reiterated his home run prediction. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he pointed to the upper deck and told teammates in the dugout, “I wish they’d give me a chance. I’d put one up there.”

The Sporting News reported Schoendienst said, “I’m going to surprise all you by hitting a homer if I ever get into this fight.”

Late entry

With the American League ahead, 3-2, Kiner led off the top of the ninth and hit a fastball from Art Houtteman of the Tigers into the upper deck in left for a home run, tying the score.

After the American League batters went down in order in the bottom half of the ninth, extra innings were played in an All-Star Game for the first time.

In the 11th, National League manager Burt Shotton of the Dodgers made a controversial decision. With one out, and runners on first and second, Shotton sent Johnny Wyrostek of the Reds to bat for Jackie Robinson against Yankees right-hander Allie Reynolds. Shotton made the move because Wyrostek batted from the left side, but he removed the reigning National League batting champion.

Wyrostek flied out to center and the National League failed to score. With Robinson out of the game, Schoendienst went in to play second base in the bottom half of the 11th.

Getting his pitch

Schoendienst got his first chance to bat leading off the top of the 14th against left-hander Ted Gray of the Tigers. Schoendienst hit most of his home runs from the left side, but against Gray he batted right-handed.

He fouled off the first pitch from Gray and took the second for a ball, evening the count. Plate umpire Babe Pinelli called the next one a strike, but Schoendienst thought it was outside the zone and beefed a little. “A little beefing is a lot from mild-mannered Schoendienst,” the Post-Dispatch reported. The next pitch was wide, making the count 2-and-2.

Schoendienst said he looked for Gray to throw a fastball over the plate rather than risk running the count full. Gray grooved one and Schoendienst hit a mighty blow. The ball was 50 feet high at the 360-foot marker when it went into the upper deck seats in left for a home run, the Detroit Free Press reported. Video

Gray told the Associated Press the pitch was a “low, fast one.” The Free Press described it as a sidearm curve.

When Schoendienst was asked about the pitch, he jokingly called it a “double knuckleball.” According to the Chicago Tribune, when it was suggested the pitch may have been a fastball, Schoendienst replied, “A fastball? It couldn’t have been very fast. I pulled it.”

The home run put the National League ahead, 4-3. In the bottom half of the 14th, the American League had one out and Ferris Fain of the Athletics on first when the Yankees’ Joe DiMaggio came to the plate against Ewell Blackwell of the Reds.

Making his final appearance as an all-star, DiMaggio got a curve to his liking. “I was swinging for distance,” he told the Tribune. Instead, he bounced the ball to third baseman Willie “Puddin’ Head” Jones, who threw to Schoendienst for the force on Fain. Schoendienst whipped a throw to Musial at first to nip DiMaggio and complete the game-ending double play. Boxscore

Schoendienst played in the All-Star Game nine times and hit .190. The home run in the 1950 game was his only career RBI as an all-star.