Schrall took over the leadership of the Redwings late in 1947 and was responible for a late season spurt that nearly carried the team into a playoff spot. At that time the former Three I League star and Notre Dame infielder, was employed as Activities Director at R.G. LeTourneau in Peoria, and the Redwing job was a sideline. In 1948 he was persuaded to drop this job to work full time for the Redwings. That season they finished 3rd in the Western Division and made the playoffs for the first time.