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T-Bones Congratulate Hall of Fame Manager Whitey Herzog

12/08/2009 9:31 AM -

The Kansas City T-Bones would like to congratulate former Royals manager, Whitey Herzog, on his election into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

Herzog, who managed in the major leagues for 18 seasons, was chosen by the Veteran’s Committee along with umpire Doug Harvey for the induction class set for July 25, 2010.  In his career as manager, Herzog compiled a 1281-1125 record (.532) while making three World Series appearances in the 1980s, including a 1982 World Series Championship with the St. Louis Cardinals.  He was in the opposite dugout when the Royals won it all in 1985.

In five seasons with Kansas City (1975-79), Herzog never posted a sub-.500 record.  The Royals finished first in the American League West in three of his five seasons, including the only 100-win season in franchise history in 1977.  Herzog was elected into the Royals Hall of Fame in 2000 along with centerfielder Willie Wilson and remains the franchise leader in wins as a manger (410), six ahead of Dick Howser.

“Whitey is synonymous with Kansas City baseball history,” said T-Bones general manager Chris Browne.  “He was a key component during the Royals great run in the late 70s.  Many say that only the lack of a dominant closer kept Whitey and the Royals from adding to the franchise’s World Series total.  Our entire organization would like to salute him in his selection.  It’s great to see him finally receive the recognition he deserves.”

John Urick, grandson of Whitey Herzog, saw action with the T-Bones in 2009.