Hall of Fame Manager Whitey Herzog Dies at 92

Apr 13, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals former manager Whitey Herzog.
Apr 13, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals former manager Whitey Herzog. / Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Whitey Herzog—a Hall of Fame former manager of the Texas Rangers, California Angels, Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals—died Tuesday, the Cardinals told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He was 92.

One of the 50 winningest managers in MLB history, Herzog won three pennants and the 1982 World Series with St. Louis. He also guided the Royals to their first three division titles from 1976-78.

A native of New Athens, Ill., Herzog played eight years in the major leagues before becoming a manager, suiting up for the Washington Senators, Kansas City Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers from 1956-63.

As the New York Mets' director of player development, Herzog also won the World Series in 1969.

Herzog the manager was renowned for his embrace of speed as opposed to power, an approach dubbed "Whiteyball." Per Baseball Reference, Herzog's teams stole second above the league average in every full season he was manager but one.


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