February marks the return to baseball annually in the form of spring training. And, though the month is known more for those sweet feelings around Valentine's Day, it sometimes involves different emotions from the loved one's of ballplayers, as evidenced by this poem written by Mary Schoendienst, the late wife of former Hall of Fame player and manager Red Schoendienst.
"She loves going to Florida and spring training.
She's a whiz [sic] at packing a suitcase.
She spends birthdays and anniversaries usually without her husband.
But she loves every minute of the exciting and thrilling life of a ballplayer's wife
Oh yes! She knows that the best managers have red hair!"
No. 2 celebrates annually on 2/2 his birthday that is! Hall of Fame player and manager Red Schoendienst, who is also known for having worn uniform No. 2 for over 60 years with the Cardinals, really digs the deuce. Happy birthday, Red!
While pitchers and catchers are reporting to spring training in February, the position players are packing their bags and making the final preparations to report to camp shortly thereafter. Check out this equipment bag, used in the 1970s by Hall of Fame outfielder Lou Brock.