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Baseball, Willie Sherdel, St. Louis Cardinals, pitchers, southpaw, Left-handed pitchers, History of baseball

Wee Willie Sherdel
The Cardinals' Winningest Left-Hander by John G. Coulson

Wee Willie Sherdel was a very humble, courageous left-handed pitcher who became one of the all-time great southpaws in St. Louis Cardinals history. The son of a German blacksmith in a small Pennsylvania village, Willie’s dream was to become a major league pitcher – a rather big dream for a small boy. Not the most talented or biggest, he worked hard and learned from greats like Eddie Plank, Branch Rickey and Grover Cleveland Alexander. Sherdel’s best years were in the 1920s while Rickey was developing the farm system concept and the Cards were playing in two World Series. Known for his slow ball, Willie was given the honor of pitching the first game against Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and the powerful Yankees in both Series.

Although labeled a hard-luck pitcher in the Series, Sherdel performed many great feats on the diamond. Since his retirement in 1932, he remains the Redbirds’ winningest left-hander and fourth all-time winner. Willie also has pitched the third-most games and the fourth-most innings. Like all pitchers, he loved to talk about his hitting. Among Cardinals’ pitchers, Sherdel owns the fourth-most career home runs and the fifth-best batting average for his .337 in 1923.

His contemporaries included over 90 Hall of Famers and some of the greatest players of all-time including Ruth, Gehrig, Ty Cobb and Rogers Hornsby.

"A meticulously researched labor of love, [Wee Willie] is packed with generous helpings of era-specific details." - Foreword ​Clarion Reviews

"...A treat for bookish, die-hard Cardinals fans." -Kirkus Reviews

On Willie Sherdel the player:

“I can’t hit those soft ones and Sherdel is one fellow who will not give you any kind of a good ball to work on.”

- Babe Ruth

Hall of Fame player

“Sherdel had the heart of a lion working against heartbreaking hard luck.”

- Wilbert Robinson,

Hall of Fame manager

“Bill Sherdel, gamest of the game, and recognized as one of the best money-pitchers in baseball…”

- Bill McKechnie,

Hall of Fame manager

“Sherdel is not only a southpaw, but he is one of the best pitchers in the country. He is a student of the game.”

- John McGraw,

Hall of Fame manager

“…his slow ball is poison to sluggers.”

- Rogers Hornsby

Hall of Fame player

“Not only one of the greatest competitors I ever knew as a pitcher but … one of the greatest hitting pitchers of his time.”

- Robert Burnes,

St. Louis Globe-Democrat

Author John G. Coulson resides in Hanover, Pennsylvania. He has been involved with baseball his whole life as a player, coach and fan. He claims he held a baseball bat before a pencil. His earliest memories include running around the bases while his father was coaching a state championship team. John graduated from Millersville State College and spent his first career in banking technology. As a writer he previously wrote the book Hanover Raiders about the class D Blue Ridge League. He is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research.

John T. Sherdel is the grandson of Wee Willie and lives in New Oxford, Pennsylvania. He continues to promote the memory of his grandfather and remains a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan.


John G. Coulson
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John T. Sherdel

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