By Greg Echlin/AP
Kansas City, MO – Former Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The 78-year-old, 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. That's a .532 winning percentage.
He says being a Hall of Famer "feels like going to heaven before you die."