Hall of Fame skipper Herzog has minor stroke
|reuters.com 17 Sep 2019 at 20:13|
FILE PHOTO: Former St Louis Cardinals baseball manager Whitey Herzog smiles during a news conference in Cooperstown, New York, July 24, 2010. REUTERS/Adam Fenster
Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog had a minor stroke Monday during his charity golf tournament, the St. Louis Cardinals announced.
“Whitey and his family wanted to let everyone know that he has received treatment and is currently resting, and doing well,” the Cardinals wrote in a statement. “Whitey is hoping for a quick recovery, and he and his family are very appreciative of the caring support that everyone has shown them.”
Herzog, 87, led the Cardinals to the 1982 World Series championship and guided St. Louis to National League titles in 1985 and 1987, highlighting an 18-year managerial career. The Veterans Committee elected Herzog to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010.
He managed the Texas Rangers for most of the 1973 season, then had a four-game stint as interim manager of the California Angels in 1974.
Herzog guided the Kansas City Royals to the playoffs three times while in charge from 1975-79. He took over in St. Louis late in the 1980 season and stayed in that job until 1990.
Overall, Herzog compiled a 1,281-1,125 regular-season record (.532) and a 26-25 postseason record (.510).
He also played as an outfielder and first baseman for the Washington Senators (1956-58), the Kansas City Athletics (1958-60), the Baltimore Orioles (1961-62) and the Detroit Tigers (1963). Herzog produced a .257 batting average with 25 homers and 172 RBIs in 634 games.
Herzog said, according to Baseball Almanac, “Baseball has been good to me since I quit trying to play it.”