George Warren “Barney” Schultz, born on August 15, 1926 and died September 6, 2015, he was an American professional baseball player and coach.
Barney was a knuckleball pitcher in the Major Leagues for all or parts of seven seasons between 1955 and 1965 for the St. Louis Cardinals, Detroit Tigers, and Chicago Cubs.
In October 1966 he was briefly reactivated by the Cardinals so that he could receive a Major League pension.
Barney was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1944 after playing at Burlington City High School.
Throughout much of his career, Schultz lived in Beverly with his wife and children, working in the off season as a carpenter and haberdasher.
Barney was strictly a relief pitcher, appearing in 227 games overall without any starts.
He was an early specialist in the knuckleball. He had two good years with the Cubs, then was traded to the Cardinals where he had his best season, 1964, with 14 saves (a significant quantity in those days) and a 1.64 earned run average.
Probably his most visible moment was in Game 3 of the 1964 World Series, in which he gave up a game-winning home run to Mickey Mantle in the nationally-televised Saturday game.
However, he had been credited with a save in Game 1, and the Cardinals ultimately won the Series in seven games.
Cardinals’ utility catcher Bob Uecker was sometimes called upon to catch when Schultz was brought in to pitch.
It was from that experience that he drew some of his material when joking about the difficulties of catching the knuckler.
After his playing career ended, Schultz was the Cardinals’ roving minor league pitching instructor from 1967 to 1970 and Major League pitching coach from 1971 to 1975.
He was a member of the Chicago Cubs’ coaching staff in 1977.
Barney was a resident of Edgewater Park Township, New Jersey, where his home was filled with memorabilia of his baseball career.
Barney is a member of the South Jersey Baseball Hall of Fame.
Barney Schultz died on September 6, 2015 at 89.