Whitey Herzog with be named the 18th Missouri Sports Legend during the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame 2008 Baseball Forecast Sports Enthusiasts Luncheon on Wednesday, May 21 st at 11:00 a.m. at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
The lineup includes special guests, Ozzie Smith, Frank White, Jerry Lumpe and Rick Hummel.
Herzog, a member of the inaugural Hall of Fame class in 1994, directed the St. Louis Cardinals to three National League championships and one World Series title in a six-season span in the 1980s. Serving as manager for four Major League teams, the White Rat has compiled a .532 winning percentage, posting 1281 victories against 1185 losses. Herzog’s best year in terms of winning percentage was in 1977 when he lead the Kansas City Royals to 102 wins against only 60 loses.
The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Legends Award is the highest honor that the Hall can bestow upon its inductees. In commemorating a Missouri Sports Legend, the Hall of Fame in 1999, began the practice of commissioning a larger-than-life size bust of the Legend, which is placed along The Legends Walkway outside of the Hall. Along with the bust, a special commissioned piece of artwork commemorating the unveiling hangs permanently in the Legends Gallery inside the Hall of Fame.
At the time of the public unveiling, Herzog will be presented with a ceremonial red jacket, symbolizing his membership into this elite group. Other Hall of Fame Legend members include, Bobby Bell, George Brett, Lou Brock, Bob Broeg, Jack Buck, Len Dawson, Don Faurot, John Q. Hammons, Lamar Hunt, Stan Musial, Buck O’Neil, Red Schoendienst, Norm Stewart, Payne Stewart, Hank Stram, Rusty Wallace and Bob Pettit.
For tickets or additional information, call the Hall of Fame at 417-889-3100 or visit the website at www.MoSportsHallOfFame.com .