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Guest Speaker
José Oquendo

Benefiting The Shelly Sachs Foundation

Aaron Sachs & Associates is partnering with the Springfield Cardinals to host
“Dinner on the Diamond”. Please join us Saturday, September 28th, where we are excited to have
José Oquendo as our guest speaker.

José Oquendo, often referred to as "The Secret Weapon," is a former Major League Baseball player and current coach known for his versatility and contributions to the St. Louis Cardinals. Born on July 4, 1963, in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Oquendo has had a long and storied career in baseball both on and off the field.

Early Career

Oquendo began his professional baseball career when he was signed as an amateur free agent by the New York Mets in 1979. He made his Major League debut with the Mets on May 2, 1983, as a shortstop. Despite his promising start, Oquendo struggled to find a permanent spot in the Mets' lineup, leading to his trade to the St. Louis Cardinals in April 1985.

St. Louis Cardinals Playing Career

It was with the Cardinals that Oquendo truly made his mark. Known for his exceptional defensive skills, he played various positions including second base, shortstop, third base, and all three outfield positions. Remarkably, during the 1988 season, he played every position on the field, including pitcher and catcher, highlighting his incredible versatility. This feat earned him the nickname "The Secret Weapon."

One of his notable achievements as a player was during the 1987 season when he played a crucial role in the Cardinals' National League Championship and their subsequent appearance in the World Series. Although the Cardinals lost to the Minnesota Twins in a seven-game series, Oquendo’s performance was a key factor in their success that year.

Coaching Career

After retiring as a player in 1995, Oquendo transitioned to coaching. He began his coaching career in the Cardinals' minor league system before joining the Major League coaching staff in 1999. Over the years, he has served in various coaching roles, including as the team's bench coach and third base coach. His coaching tenure has been marked by his ability to mentor young players and his keen insight into defensive strategies.

Legacy and Impact

José Oquendo's legacy with the Cardinals is profound. As a player, his versatility and defensive prowess made him a valuable asset to the team. As a coach, his dedication and knowledge have helped shape many successful seasons for the Cardinals. His contributions to the team have made him a beloved figure among Cardinals fans and a respected member of the baseball community.

Oquendo's influence extends beyond his on-field accomplishments. He is also known for his involvement in community service and his efforts to promote baseball in Puerto Rico, inspiring many young athletes from his homeland to pursue their dreams in professional baseball.


José Oquendo's career, characterized by his adaptability, defensive skills, and leadership, has left an indelible mark on the St. Louis Cardinals and Major League Baseball. His nickname, "The Secret Weapon," aptly captures the unique and invaluable role he has played both as a player and a coach, solidifying his place in baseball history.


To reserve your tickets call Laura Dannegger, Shelly Sachs Foundation, Event Director. 417-889-1400

2024 Dinner On The Diamond Committee Members:

Valerie Baker, Cindy Barrett, Lori Heyle, Robyn Horton, Christine Johnson, Katie Knetzer, Sylvia Lachnit, Shelley Lantz, Linda Locke, Alice Lunn, Valli Mills, Judy Schroeder, Tracy Stark, Joyce Timmons, Carol Wooten


Sponsorship Information


- call Laura Dannegger 417-889-1400

Diamonds on the Diamond Raffle 

The drawing for the Raffle will take place on September 28th, 2024 at the Dinner on the Diamond event.  Entrants need not be present to win.

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