Herzog to Receive Scouts Award

World Series champion manager Whitey Herzog will receive the "Tom Lasorda Manager's" Award at the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation's 6th annual "In the Spirit of the Game" Sports and Entertainment Spectacular Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. The award will be presented by Lasorda.

  Newly-inducted Hall of Fame pitcher Rich "Goose" Gossage and fellow Hall of Famer George Brett also will be among the honorees. Gossage will receive a Player Lifetime Achievement Award and Brett will be recognized with the "Scout's Dream" honor at the annual gala attended by 1,500 guests, including many prominent figures from the world of sports, entertainment and communications. Other honorees will be named later.  

Former Major League pitcher and now baseball radio and TV show co-host Rob Dibble will serve as emcee for the event, which also includes the "World's Largest Auction of Baseball Memorabilia." Actors Brendan Fraser and Don Johnson and television/radio show host Larry King will co-host.  

"Whitey Herzog was an outstanding manager and had a very successful baseball career in a variety of areas," said Chicago White Sox executive Dennis Gilbert, who created the fundraiser that already has benefited more than 30 professional baseball scouts in need. "We are delighted to honor Whitey as we work to help scouts in need of support."  

Herzog, a three-time manager of the year, enjoyed his greatest success in Kansas City, where he won three consecutive American League Western Division titles from 1976-78, and in St. Louis, where he won the 1982 World Series and National League pennants in 1985 and 1987. In total, he captured six division titles, three pennants, and a world championship.  

He also served as general manager in St. Louis in 1981 and '82, when he was named Executive of the Year. Herzog managed the Angels in 1974 and later served as the team's senior vice president of player personnel, general manager and consultant to owner Gene Autry from 1991-94. Herzog played in the major leagues with four different teams from 1956-63 and also served as a scout, coach, and farm system director.   

"Every game is like a chess match with Whitey," King once wrote when he was a columnist, "and other managers must feel like they are playing against 10 guys when they go up against him."   

Hailed by many as the "Best Event Produced for Professional Baseball," the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation and its annual "In the Spirit of the Game" Dinner/Auction assist baseball scouts in need due to job loss, illness or financial hardships.   

The event has honored many legendary baseball Hall of Fame players, managers, scouts, coaches and executives, including Willie Mays, Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson, Duke Snider, Sandy Koufax, and Cal Ripken, Jr., as well as Eric Gagné, Curt Schilling, Olympic Gold Medalist Jennie Finch, the Boone Family, the Brett family, Major League Baseball executive Pat Gillick, legendary baseball scouts George Genovese, and the late Bob Zuk.  

Past attendees include: MLB Commissioner Allan H. "Bud" Selig, Rod Carew, Tommy Lasorda, Peter Magowan, Frank McCourt, Arte Moreno, Jerry Reinsdorf, Lew Wolff, Mark Attanasio, Brady Anderson, Bret Saberhagen, Chase Utley, Darrell Evans, Don Newcombe, Barry Zito, Joe Borchard, Alyssa Milano, Tom Arnold, Jane Seymour, James Keach, Michael McDonald, Donnie Most, and Kenny Loggins.   

About the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation The Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) foundation that provides support and health insurance to professional baseball scouts who have fallen on hard times due to job loss, illness, and other financial hardships.  The mission of the PBSF is to create a financial bridge for scouts in need by creating awareness and generating funds through contributions from corporations, individuals and the annual "In the Spirit of the Game" event.