Whitey Herzog poses with his plaque after induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Sunday, July 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) By Mike Groll
Whitey Herzog delivers his Baseball Hall of Fame induction speech at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Sunday, July 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) By Mike Groll
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The 78-year-old Herzog , who played eight seasons as a first baseman and outfielder before moving to the front office, is just the 19th major league manager to be inducted.
Herzog managed for 18 seasons, 11 with the Cardinals after stints in Texas, California and Kansas City. He guided the Royals to three consecutive playoff appearances in the 1970s and guided the Cardinals to the 1982 World Series title just two years after he was hired.
The Cards also made World Series appearances in 1985 and 1987 under Herzog, who finished his managing career in 1990 with a record of 1,279-1,123, a .532 winning percentage.
"Ever since I was elected in December, people have asked, 'What's it feel like to be a Hall of Famer," Herzog said. "Now I can tell you what it feels like. It feels like going to heaven before you die."
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