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Better Known In St. Louis, Whitey Herzog Has Kansas City Connections

On a national level, Whitey Herzog is best known for leading the Cardinals to three N.L. pennants and the 1982 World Series. In Kansas City, he's the man who first brought the Royals to the playoffs.

Considering what's happened since then, it's probably good to remember him.

Herzog will be inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame on July 25

Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star has a nice read on him you'll want to check out (including the post-playoff party at Herzog's house back in the 70s).

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"I think I’m more tired and more aggravated," he says. "Everybody wants a piece of you. I think I’ve done more interviews than I ever did in 18 years of managing. I like to go fishing every morning and do the things I like to do, but it’s kind of changed a little bit …

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"I’m elated to be elected to Cooperstown, and I’m looking forward to the 25th, not only being a member but being able to live a little bit more normal life."

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Oh, and, back off, St. Louis. He was ours first.