As you probably know, Royals Hall of Fame Manager Whitey Herzog is part of the 2010 National Baseball Hall of Fame Class with Andre Dawson and umpire Doug Harvey. The trio will be inducted on Sunday, July 25th with Herzog becoming the 43rd NBHOF Member with a direct baseball career tie to Kansas City.
The team in Cooperstown have created a year-long exhibit highlighting the accomplishments of their three new inductees and the Royals 1976 American League Western Division Championship Trophy is part of the display. Whitey won his first championship as a manager by guiding the Royals to their first championship in that bicentenial year.
Though Whitey will go into the Hall wearing a Cardinals cap, his ties to Kansas City are even more extensive. Years before he managed the Royals to three straight division titles in 1976, 1977 and 1978 – he played for the Kansas City Blues in 1952 and returned with the Kansas Athletics from 1958-1960.
We’re honored to salute Whitey as he takes his place in Cooperstown!
(Curt Nelson, Director – Royals Hall of Fame)