Cooperstown Chronicles – Whitey Herzog

Feb 21, 2008

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When I think of 80′s baseball managers, one of the first to come to mind is Whitey Herzog.  He was the face of that frachise, leading them to three World Series appearances including the 1982 title over the Milwaukee Brewers.  Along with the three division titles he won with St. Louis, he also won three straight with Kansas City from 1976-78.  He skippered each of those teams to 100 win seasons.  He currently ranks 30th on the all-time managerial wins list with 1281 wins.  His winning percentage was a solid .532.  His awards include  1976 & 1982 UPI Manager of the Year, 1982 The Sporting News Manager of the year,  1985 BBWAAManager of the Year, and 1981 & 1982 UPI Executive of the Year.  I usually don’t push for rats to make it into the Hall of Fame, but the White Rat is the exception.

**UPDATE:  Whitey Herzog has been elected to the Hall of Fame **

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Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
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Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Harold Baines
Gene Mauch

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8 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    February 21st, 2008 at 2:58 pm #

    I am with you on Herzog. I think of him as a Royal Manager first, as they had to play My Yankees 3 stright times. (1976-1978). They had to be one of the best teams to not win a World series,Till Dick Howser Took the Royals over The Cards in 1985, (By the Way the cards Manager was Herzog)
    Herzog is one of the best managers of the past 1/4 century.

  2. Ryan Lester
    February 21st, 2008 at 3:11 pm #

    larry – thanks for adding

  3. dcymore
    February 18th, 2009 at 10:15 pm #

    He wasn’t one of the best in the past 1/4 century, he was the best. His teams played baseball the way it’s supposed to be played. Great team speed, defense and approach to the game. They knew if they stayed close they had the chance to win. Today’s game is about the home run, in fact, some times that’s the game, a few home runs and it’s over — boring. He had a great eye for talent and as any good management program will tell you, you have to be willing to take risks; Whitey always was. If he came back today and had the appropriate control an latitude to get it done, the team would win again. Jack Buck said in his book that he was simply a baseball genius. As one who almost never missed a Cardinals game in the 80′s, it was simply the best of times.

  4. LestersLegends
    February 18th, 2009 at 10:20 pm #

    I can tell you’re passionate. It’s tough to say who’s the best, but I think he’s right up there and is deserving of a spot in Cooperstown.

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  7. TexasRangerFan
    August 27th, 2009 at 1:29 pm #

    Yep, great manager. Like stated above, he did it with pitching, defense, and speed. Only scary bat in the lineup was George Hendrick. Growing up on Long island and a Met fan I got to see the Cards quite a bit and to Whitey’s credit they played great team baseball.
    I alway thought Willie McGee was an underated player. Fine hitter & center fielder though. What’s his chance of ever getting to the HOF..

  8. LestersLegends
    August 27th, 2009 at 1:31 pm #

    I liked Willie McGee too, but I don’t see any chance he gets in.

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