Thursday, December 4, 2008

1990 Topps, Whitey Herzog

#261 Whitey Herzog

I got this card signed through the mail this past week. Whitey was most famous for managing the Cardinals to three World Series, winning one of them, in the '80s. While that is how I remember him, it's also good to know that he was at the helm of the Royals when they were starting their run in the '70s. In 1975, he took over a 50-46 Royals team from a young Jack McKeon. After the change, Whitey guided the Royals to a 41-25 record that left them seven games behind the World Series winning A's. But, he won the division the next three years and lost to the Yankees in the ALCS each time. He failed to make the playoffs in 1979 and a change was made. In 2000, I had the pleasure to see Whitey inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame prior to a game.

On an interesting side note, Whitey was an interim manager for the Angels in 1974. The previous post on here, Dick Williams, took over for him.

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