Manager Whitey Herzog, Umpire Doug Harvey Elected To The Hall Of Fame

Today, the Veterans Committee for Managers and Umpires elected Whitey Herzog and Doug Harvey to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Herzog or the “White Rat” as he was so often referred to because of his white hair, spent 18 years managing the Texas Rangers, California Angels, Kansas City Royals, and the St. Louis Cardinals. However, it was with the Cardinals were Herzog made a name for himself as a manager.

Herzog was elected to the HOF

In 11 years managing the Cardinals, Herzog won three National League pennants and won a World Series title in 1982. His teams played a certain brand of baseball known as “Whitey Ball.”

“Whitey Ball” consisted of lots of lots of singles, doubles, bunts, and stolen bases. His teams usually finished last in home runs, but at or around the top in most other offensive categories.

As a kid growing up in Queens and in a New York Mets house, there was no better rivalry in the 80’s than the Mets and the Cardinals. The Mets and Cardinals were in the same division back then and Herzog was a big part of that rivalry.

To this day, I remember my dad screaming at the TV because Gary Carter could never throw out Tommy Herr or Vince Coleman.

Doug Harvey was an umpire for 31 seasons and umpired five World Series. In 1999 the Society for American Baseball Research ranked Harvey as the second greatest umpire in history

12 of 16 votes were needed for election. Herzog received 14 votes and Harvey received 15.

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