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Whitey Herzog, Corridor of Fame baseball supervisor in US, dies at 92

NEW YORK —  Whitey Herzog, the gruff and ingenious Hall of Fame manager who guided the St. Louis Cardinals to three pennants and a World Series title in the 1980s, and perfected an intricate, nail-biting strategy known as “Whiteyball,” has died. He was 92. Cardinals spokesman Brian Bartow said Tuesday that the team, based in

Whitey Herzog, Corridor of Fame baseball supervisor in US, dies at 92

NEW YORK — 

Whitey Herzog, the gruff and ingenious Corridor of Fame supervisor who guided the St. Louis Cardinals to 3 pennants and a World Sequence title within the Nineteen Eighties, and perfected an intricate, nail-biting technique generally known as “Whiteyball,” has died. He was 92.

Cardinals spokesman Brian Bartow stated Tuesday that the staff, primarily based within the U.S. state of Missouri, was knowledgeable of Herzog’s demise by his household. Herzog, who had been at Busch Stadium on April 4 for the Cardinals’ house opener, died on Monday, in accordance with Bartow.

“Whitey Herzog devoted his lifetime to the sport he beloved, excelling as a pacesetter on and off the sphere,” Jane Forbes Clark, chair of the Corridor of Fame’s board of administrators, stated in an announcement. “Whitey at all times introduced one of the best out of each participant he managed with a forthright model that gained him respect all through the sport.”

A crew-cut, pot-bellied tobacco chewer who had no endurance for the “buddy-buddy” faculty of administration, Herzog joined the Cardinals in 1980 and helped finish the staff’s decade-plus pennant drought by adapting it to the factitious floor and distant fences of Busch Memorial Stadium. A typical Cardinals victory beneath Herzog was a low-scoring, 1-run sport, sealed within the closing innings by a “bullpen by committee,” relievers who could be changed after a single pitch, or quickly shifted to the outfield, then introduced again to the mound.

FILE - Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog before the start of a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets, in St. Louis, Missouri, Aug. 19, 2023. Herzog died on Monday at age 92, his family informed the Cardinals.

FILE – Former St. Louis Cardinals supervisor Whitey Herzog earlier than the beginning of a baseball sport between the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets, in St. Louis, Missouri, Aug. 19, 2023. Herzog died on Monday at age 92, his household knowledgeable the Cardinals.

The Cardinals had energy hitters in George Hendrick and Jack Clark, however they largely relied on the pace and resourcefulness of switch-hitters Vince Coleman and Willie McGee, the acrobatic fielding of shortstop and future Corridor of Famer Ozzie Smith, and the efficient pitching of starters akin to John Tudor and Danny Cox and relievers Todd Worrell, Ken Dayley and Jeff Lahti. For the ’82 champions, Herzog did not trouble rotating relievers, however merely introduced in future Corridor of Famer Bruce Sutter to complete the job.

Underneath Herzog, the Playing cards gained pennants in 1982, 1985 and 1987, and the World Sequence in 1982, after they edged the Milwaukee Brewers in seven video games. Herzog managed the Kansas Metropolis Royals to division titles in 1976-78, however they misplaced every time within the league championship to the New York Yankees.

General, Herzog was a supervisor for 18 seasons, compiling a document of 1,281 wins and 1,125 losses. He was named Supervisor of the 12 months in 1985 and voted into the Corridor by the Veterans Committee in 2010, his plaque noting his “stern, but good-natured model,” and his emphasis on pace, pitching and protection. Simply earlier than he formally entered the Corridor, the Cardinals retired his uniform quantity, 24.

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Dorrel Norman Elvert Herzog was born in New Athens, Illinois, a blue-collar group that will form him lengthy after he left. He excelled in baseball and basketball and was open to skipping the occasional class to absorb a Cardinals sport. Signed up by the Yankees, he was a middle fielder who found that he had competitors from a prospect born simply weeks earlier than him, Mickey Mantle.

Herzog by no means performed for the Yankees, however he did get to know supervisor Casey Stengel, one other grasp shuffler of gamers who turned a key affect.

Like so many profitable managers, Herzog was a mediocre participant, batting simply .257 over eight seasons and taking part in a number of positions. His finest yr was with Baltimore in 1961, when he hit .291. He additionally performed for the Washington Senators, Kansas Metropolis Athletics and Detroit Tigers, with whom he ended his taking part in profession, in 1963.

“Baseball has been good to me since I stop making an attempt to play it,” he favored to say.

Herzog is survived by his spouse of 71 years, Mary Lou Herzog; their three kids, Debra, David and Jim, and their spouses; 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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