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Congratulations to Whitey Herzog, who will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame today. Herzog led the Royals to three consecutive division crowns from 1976-78 and is the franchise leader with 410 wins as a manager. Whitey’s KC connection began as a player, first in the minors with the Kansas City Blues in 1952, then again in the Majors with the Kansas City A’s from 1958-60.
Coverage of today’s ceremony runs from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. Central on MLB Network. We’ll have our DVR up and running so we can catch the Royals game (12:05 in New York) and Whitey’s speech.
Whitey Herzog, Kansas City’s manager from 1975-1979, has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee.
Herzog led the Royals to three straight division titles from 1976 to 1978. His 1977 club won 102 games, a Royals record. Herzog’s 410 regular season wins are the most in club history. He was inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame in 2000. Herzog went on to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a World Series win in 1982 and National League pennants in 1985 and 1987.
In a separate Veterans Committee vote, Royals founder Ewing Kauffman fell just short of election. Kauffman received 6 of 12 votes. 9 votes were needed for election.
Herzog is shown above congratulating 1977 Gold Glove winners Frank White and Al Cowens.
Joe Gordon, the skipper of the 1969 Royals, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame today by the Veterans Committee for his accomplishments as a player. Gordon played from 1938-43 and 1946-50 for the Yankees and Indians. He won the 1942 AL MVP by batting .322 with 18 home runs and 103 RBI with the Yankees. Gordon missed the ’44 and ’45 seasons due to World War II. He returned to play five more seasons, the last four in Cleveland. Gordon finished with nine All-Star selections, 253 home runs, 975 RBI, and a .268 average.
Gordon went on to manage the Indians in 1958. He was involved in baseball’s only trade of managers in 1960 when the Indians dealt him to the Tigers for Jimmy_Dykes. Gordon started the 1961 season as the manager of the Kansas City Athletics. In 1969, he became the first manager of the Royals. He is the only person to manage both the Kansas City Athletics and the Kansas City Royals.