John Richard Schofield was born in Springfield, Ill, January 7, 1935, son of John (Ducky) and Florence Schofield.
Dick attended Springfield High School, where he played both baseball and basketball. Just out of high school, he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals, becoming their first bonus player, and beginning a very successful 19-year career in the major leagues as a shortstop with seven teams.
He stayed with the Cardinals from 1953 until 1958, at which time he was acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was a fortunate move, placing him on the World Champion 1960 Pirate team. As he says, “That was a very good year.”
He left the Pirates in 1965, going to the San Francisco Giants. The ’66 season was split between the Giants, the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers, giving Dick another chance in the World Series, but the Dodgers lost to Baltimore.
After scooping ‘em up for the Dodgers in 1967, it was back to Budweiser country again for Schofield—joining the Cards in their successful pennant bid in 1968.
The seasons of 1969 and 1970 found the veteran shortstop with Boston…but in 1971 it was to Milwaukee for a short stint before ending his career back with the Cardinals.
His son Dick Schofield Jr. enjoyed a successful big league career in his own right, playing 14 seasons in the major leagues.
His grandson Jayson Werth is currently in his seventh season in the majors, playing for Philadelphia.