The world of baseball was sad to learn of the loss of a legendary figure in the game. The last big-league manager that managed in the 1950’s has finally passed away.
Solly Hemus was a former Cardinals player and manager. He died this week at the age of 94. He had previously been battling health issues, according to reports.
Hemus had a lifetime batting mark of .273 in an 11-season career with the Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies from 1949-59. He also played three seasons with the Houston Buffs before playing for the Cardinals.
Friends recalled him as a "tough player, a winning-type player. If he needed to get hit by a pitch, he'd stick right in there. He'd try to get on base for the guys behind him,” according to news reports.
"He wasn't a great shortstop but he got the job done," Cardinals Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Maybe it wasn't the best, but he always was trying to help the club, I'll say that."
Although he was on other teams over the years, he always loved being a Cardinal. Later in his career, he turned to managing full time.
"The thing that really impressed me about Solly is that he would give cash to guys who were going well so that they could go out and enjoy themselves. I got wide-eyed that he would give somebody $50 'to have dinner on me.' Unfortunately, I didn't get that opportunity then,” said hall of fame pitcher Bob Gibson.
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