Whitey Herzog


Baseball Hall of Fame manager, Whitey Herzog, will receive the “Nice Guy” Award, according to Banquet Chairman, Mike Reese. The presentation will take place at the 45thAnnual Red Smith Banquet on Tuesday, January 19,2010, at 6:30 pm at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in downtown Appleton, Wisconsin. Herzog becomes the 55 Hall of Fame member (all sports) to appear at the banquet.On December 7th of this year, Herzog was voted into the baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee. He will be enshrined in Cooperstown, New York, on July 25, 2010. Herzog managed 18 years in the big leagues from 1973-90. He becomes the 19th manager to make the hall.


Herzog’s playing career began in 1949, when he was drafted by the New York Yankees, although he never played for the Yanks, he was heavily influenced by legendary manager, Casey Stengel. He had a modest 8 year major league playing career (1956-1963) that included stints with the Washington Senators, K.C. Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and the Detroit Tigers. After serving in various front office and scouting positions, Herzog began his managerial career with the Texas Rangers in 1973 and the California Angels in 1974 before taking over the helm in Kansas City, where he led the Royals to three consecutive playoff appearances from 1976 to 1978. Gussie Busch hired him in 1980 to manage the St. Louis Cardinals, He was also the teams General Manager from 1980-82. In 11 years managing the Cards he compiled a .530 winning percentage, won 3 National League pennants and the 1982 World Series title against the Milwaukee Brewers.


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