William Harrison Southworth, a/k/a "Billy the Kid", began his managing career with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1928, after a playing career of 13 years with a lifetime batting average of .297 with Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Boston, New York and St. Louis.
Southworth finished his career in St. Louis with 620 wins and only 346 losses with 15 ties for a .642 career winning percentage as a Cardinal manager.
William DeWitt, Jr., Chairman of the Board of the St. Louis Cardinals said after the announcement, "I think it was terrific, he certainly is very deserving, he was one of the great forces of the great Cardinals teams over the years."
Southworth managed for 13 seasons (1929, 1940-51), including seven with the Cardinals and six with the Braves, posting a career .597 winning percentage, fifth-best all-time, with a record of 1,044-704. Southworth guided his teams to four World Series appearances and two World Championships, posting a winning record in 10 of his 13 seasons, including three straight seasons of 105-wins or more, from 1942 to 1944.
Two voting committees considered ballots of 10 manager/umpires and 10 executive/pioneers. Any candidate receiving 75% of the vote on either ballot will earn election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and will be inducted as part of the 2008 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, to be held July 27, 2008.
The 10 managers and umpires eligible for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008 included; former St. Louis Cardinals Managers, Whitey Herzog and Billy Southworth, as well as Davey Johnson, Billy Martin, Gene Mauch, Danny Murtaugh and Dick Williams; umpires Doug Harvey, Hank O'Day and Cy Rigler. Herzog, Johnson, Williams and Harvey are the living candidates.
The other St. Louis Cardinal manager on this year's ballot, Whitey Herzog, finished with 11 out of a possible 16 votes, just falling short of the necessary 12 vote or 75%, needed to be inducted.