Whitey Herzog to Serve as Homecoming Parade Marshal, Receive Distinguished Service Award

Photo of former St. Louis Cardinals Manager Dorrel “Whitey” Herzog

“Whitey” Herzog will serve as the parade marshal for Southeast Missouri State University’s 2010 Homecoming parade.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 21, 2010 – Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and former St. Louis Cardinals Manager Dorrel “Whitey” Herzog will serve as the parade marshal for Southeast Missouri State University’s 2010 Homecoming parade.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, at the corner of Broadway and West End Blvd. and will proceed east on Broadway to Main Street. The parade route then turns south on Main.

In addition to serving as the parade marshal, Herzog will be honored with a Distinguished Service Award. The Distinguished Service Awards are presented to individuals who have made lasting contributions to their communities and to the University. The award will be given at an All-Alumni Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 30 in the Wehking Alumni Center, 926 Broadway. Other recipients of the award will be Stan and Debbie Crader of Jackson, Mo.; Gary Smith of St. Louis; and Etilvia Arjone of Miami, Fla.

Southeast Missouri State University has benefited from Herzog’s time and talents. His donations of memorabilia have made Southeast’s Dugout Club auctions, which benefit the Southeast baseball program, a success. He also has provided tremendous support to youth in Cape Girardeau County through the development of Whitey Herzog Stadium in Jackson.

“Whitey Herzog is one of the most giving and gracious people I have ever met,” said Bill Holland, vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.  “His commitment to people is first and foremost.  Whitey has been very helpful in supporting the Southeast baseball program.  He has also been the driving force for the new Whitey Herzog Stadium in Jackson.  This emblemizes his commitment to youth baseball.  We are all grateful for his generosity and support.”

Herzog, a native of New Athens, Ill., was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July and is considered to be one of the best baseball managers of all time. His philanthropic efforts are noteworthy as well. Herzog has touched the southeast Missouri region by providing $85,000 in funding for the new Whitey Herzog Stadium, which opened last spring off U.S. 61 on the north side of Jackson, Mo. The state-of-the art facility, complete with a row of seats from the former Busch Stadium, is home to the Jackson High School baseball team.

Originally a Major League player himself, Herzog voluntarily ended his playing career in 1963 after eight seasons. He went on to have one of the most successful careers in baseball working for several teams as a general manager, scout, manager and farm system director.   

After a short stint as the Athletics scout in 1964 and coach in 1965, Herzog spent seven years as the third base coach and director of play for the New York Mets. It was with the Mets that Herzog first displayed his ability for recognizing and developing future talent. While Herzog was with the New York Mets, he produced the core of its 1969 and 1973 World Series teams including Jon Matlack, Amos Otis, Gary Gentry, John Milner, Ken Singleton and Wayne Garrett.

Herzog quickly moved between teams after leaving the Mets; working as manager for the Texas Rangers in 1972, then as interim coach for the 1974 California Angels. His years with the Rangers and the Angels were unremarkable and it wasn’t until he was hired by the Kansas City Royals as manager that Herzog once again displayed his brilliant mind for baseball.

At Kansas City, Herzog perfected his style of play, nicknamed “Whiteyball;” the style concentrated on pitching, defense and speed to win games. Herzog’s years with the Royals are considered by many to be his greatest success. After he took over in 1975, the Royals went on to win three straight American League Western division titles in 1976, 1977 and 1978.

Success followed when he became the St. Louis Cardinals’ general manager. He led the Cardinals to National League pennants in 1982, 1985 and 1987 – leading the Redbirds to the ’82 World Series title in a classic seven-game series against the Brewers. Herzog was named the 1985 National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America. He finished with a career record of 1,281-1,125 for a .532 winning percentage. His 1,281 wins rank 32nd on the all-time list.

His talents as a scout, coach, and manager have been recognized in publications across the country. He has been named “Manager of the Year” by both the Baseball Bulletin (1976) and The Sporting News (1982). Sports Illustrated named him “Manager for the Decade” for the 1980s and St. Louis fans honored him with the title of “Manager of the Century” in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The St. Louis Cardinals retired his number, “24,” following his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Although Herzog retired in 1995 he continues to actively participate in community events.