Thursday, November 5, 2015

RIP - Barney Schultz

Barney Schultz -  a knuckle-balling relief pitcher for the Cubs and Cardinals in the early 1960s - passed away on September 6, 2015 at age 89.

Schultz pitched in 227 games, all in relief. He appeared briefly with the Cardinals (1955) and Tigers (1959), then found steady work in the Cubs' bullpen from 1961 to mid-1963.

His final stop was the Cardinals. Acquired in mid-season 1963, he was a key member of their bullpen in 1964, as the Cardinals passed the Phillies in the season's final week to clinch the NL pennant and win the World Series. Schultz recorded a 1.64 ERA that year.

He retired after the 1965 season, and was the Cardinals' pitching coach for a decade, and then briefly with the Cubs.

KMOX St. Louis obituary

SABR biography


Eric C. Loy said...

Wonder why they couldn't get a picture of Schultz in a Cardinal uniform for this card?

Jim from Downingtown said...

Eric, I was thinking that same thing when I posted it. He already had 1 1/2 years under his belt as Cardinal, including being THE CLOSER FOR THE WORLD CHAMPIONS IN 1964. (You'd think Topps could have made the effort.)