Whitey Herzog Dead at 92

Hall of Famer Whitey Herzog has died at the age of 92. Herzog was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010. He led the Cardinals teams to three World Series, including a World Series title in 1982, and he ranks 3rd on the franchise’s all-time managerial wins list with 822, trailing only Tony La Russa and Red Schoendienst. Herzog took over the Redbirds on June 9th, 1980, and two months later, Herzog turned over his on-field managerial duties to become general manager and have more direct involvement in player personnel. He assumed the dual role of field manager and general manager in October that year. Before coming to St. Louis, Herzog managed the Texas Rangers, California Angels, and Kansas City Royals (1975-79). His lifetime managerial record was 1281-1125, a .532 winning percentage.

Primarily an outfielder during an eight-year big-league playing career, Herzog batted .257 with 25 home runs and 172 RBI for the Washington Senators, Kansas City Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers.

The Herzog family plans a private celebration of life service after a period of grieving, and ask that any donations please be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children.