The 1953 Springfield High School graduate spent 19 seasons in the majors from 1953-71 and won the 1960 World Series with the Pittsburgh Pirates. His son and grandson also played in the majors.
"The year 1960 was definitely a magic year," Schofield told The State Journal-Register upon getting inducted into the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame in 1991. "There were a lot of things that happened in my career.
“I played shortstop in Harvey Haddix's 12-inning perfect game in 1959, and that was a pretty exciting game. And I played in a lot of other games that meant a lot. But '60 would be hard to top."
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The Pirates turned to Schofield at shortstop in 1960 after Dick Groat cracked a bone in his wrist. Schofield reportedly batted .406 down the stretch to help stoke the postseason run.
Schofield played in two additional World Series, with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1966 and the St. Louis Cardinals in 1968. He was a career .227 hitter with seven major league teams, including three stints with the Cardinals.
He started his career with the Cardinals immediately after high school then was traded to the Pirates in June 1958. He returned to St. Louis in ‘68 and ‘71.
His father, John “Ducky” Schofield, played 11 years in the minors and reached Double-A with Kansas City, then the highest level in minors. Both Schofields and Dick’s daughter, Kim Schofield Werth, were inducted into the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame in ‘91.
Dick’s son, Richard "Dick" Schofield, also garnered a 14-year MLB career while grandson, Jayson Werth, flourished in the majors for 15 years primarily with the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals from 2002-17. Dick’s son-in-law, Dennis Werth, also appeared in the majors from 1979-82.
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This article originally appeared on State Journal-Register: Dick "Ducky" Schofield, 1960 World Series champion with Pirates, dies