After his playing days ended in 1963, Dorrel Norman Elvert Herzog, better known as “Whitey,” remembered some of the things he learned from legendary New York Yankees manager, Casey Stengel, and turned first to scouting, and then later to manager and even general manager. As he used to quip, “baseball has been very good to me since I quit trying to play it.”
The rest of his career was pretty good to Herzog. His successful managerial career led to his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Now, he’s commemorating that milestone by signing 2,010 baseballs with a special Hall of Fame inscription. $7 of the $99 will go to the Whitey Herzog Youth Foundation. If all of the balls are sold, $14,000 will be raised.
Nikco Sports of St. Louis has partnered in with Herzog on thel Hall of Fame baseball project.
“Whitey is truly a legend here in St. Louis as well as Kansas City, and we are proud and honored to be a part of his Hall of Fame recognition. It is certainly fitting and well deserved for all he accomplished in the game as a manager and baseball executive,” said Nikco Sports president and CEO Craig Bidner. “We’re also very pleased to be able to assist the Whitey Herzog Youth Foundation in raising additional funds to help out youngsters Whitey has assisted over the years. It is a great tribute to him as he continues to give back to the youth in various communities.”
The Whitey Herzog Youth Foundaton assists youth baseball programs throughout Missouri and Illinois. In the recent years, the Foundation has donated thousands of dollars to American Legion programs, high school programs, and little league organizations. The mission is to help as many programs improve the quality of their baseball environment for youth desiring to play the game.