Willard Raymond Schmidt
Born: May 29, 1928 in Hays, KS
Died: March 22, 2007 in Newcastle, OK
Debut: 1952 | Pos: P
H: 6'1" | W: 187 | B: R | T: R
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Willard Schmidt, a pitcher who won 31 games in the Major Leagues, died on March 22, 2007 in Newcastle, Oklahoma.
His career numbers include a 31-20 record, two saves, 323 strikeouts and a 3.93 ERA in 586.1 innings. He pitched for St. Louis (1952-1957) and Cincinnati (1958-1959). One of his most productive seasons came in 1957 when he posted a 10-3 recordd and a 4.78 ERA in 116.2 innings for St. Louis.
Schmidt attended Fort Hays State College prior to entering professional baseball in 1949 when he signed as an amateur free agent.
In December 1957, the Cardinals traded Schmidt, along with Marty Kutyna and Ted Wieand, to Cincinnati for Curt Flood and Joe Taylor.
Following his career as a player, Schmidt owned car dealerships.