Whitey Herzog Nominated for Hall of Fame Vote

The "White Rat" is again on the Veterans' Committee list for Hall of Fame voting consideration.

According to Major League Baseball, former St. Louis Cardinals' manager Whitey Herzog is one of 10 finalists in the manager/umpire category that will be voted upon by the Hall of Fame Veterans' Committee.

A maximum of four of these candidates can be voted for in the newly-formed category each year, with 75% approval required for election. There are also ten executives who will be vying against each other separately. An announcement will be made on December 3 on who, if any, were selected.

Herzog managed the Cardinals from 1980 through 1990 and led the Cardinals to the 1982 World Series and to the National League Pennant in 1985 and 1987. The "White Rat" managed for 18 total seasons in the Major Leagues with Texas, California, Kansas City and St. Louis.

Herzog ranks 30th on the all-time managerial victories list with 1281 wins. His overall winning percentage was .532, and was .530 in his 1552 games managing the Cardinals. He was recognized as the 1985 National League Manager of the Year.

In 2003 and 2007 Veterans Committee voting, Herzog received 25 and 29 votes respectively in the Composite (executives, managers, umpires) category, coming in sixth but far short of the 61 votes (75%) needed. At that time, the old combined category's election was held only once every four years.

Former Cardinals manager Billy Southworth is also among the 10 manager/umpire finalists. The induction ceremonies are scheduled on July 28, 2008 in Cooperstown, New York.

The news of his renewed candidacy should be a great birthday present for Herzog, who turns 76 years of age tomorrow, November 9.

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