Tag Archives: Whitey Herzog

Paper Proposal: “A Tale of Two Owners: The Parallel but Asymmetrical Careers of Gussie Busch and Ewing Kauffman”


I have put in to undertake this paper for the 29th Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, to be held at the MLB Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, on May 31-June 2, 2017. Comments are welcome. A Tale of Two Owners: … Continue reading

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The Great 1985 World Series Game Six Showdown


Game six of the 2016 World Series was great, no doubt, especially since the Chicago Cubs brought the team back from a 3-1 deficit to force a showdown game seven. It will be long remembered. As enjoyable as this may … Continue reading

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Game Seven Excitement, 1985 Style


The seventh game of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians was stupendous. Indeed, the whole series was great. Too bad someone had to lose But this is not the first time there was great … Continue reading

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MLB Off-Season Wheeling and Dealing: The St. Louis Cardinals in 1980-1981


There has been quite a lot of good sport-writing about the off-season deals being made this winter by several major league teams. The Chicago Cubs have made spectacular trades and signings and are poised to become a major force in … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Seasons in Hell: With Billy Martin, Whitey Herzog, and “The Worst Baseball Teams in History”—The 1973-1975 Texas Rangers”


Seasons in Hell: With Billy Martin, Whitey Herzog, and “The Worst Baseball Teams in History”—The 1973-1975 Texas Rangers. By Mike Shropshire. New York: Donald I. Fine, 1996. As a Texas Rangers beat reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 1973 Mike … Continue reading

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Last Stand of Whitey Herzog’s Cardinals: The 1987 World Series


Twenty-five years ago, in 1987 (and it seems like yesterday), the St. Louis Cardinals went to the World Series to face the Minnesota Twins. It seems appropriate to recall it now, as the World Series is currently underway. Sadly, the Cardinals are … Continue reading

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Thirty Years Ago: The Cardinals Win the World Series


In 1982, the Cardinals roared to the division championship, the National League pennant, and victory in the World Series. It was the first world championship for St. Louis since the “El Birdos” of 1967 and the first appearance in the … Continue reading

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Phillies vs. Royals: Reflecting on the 1980 World Series


Throughout the latter half of the 1970s the Kansas City Royals were the dominant team in the American League West, winning the division title in 1976, 1977, and 1978.  They failed each year to defeat the New York Yankees in … Continue reading

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The Great George Brett/Hal McRae Batting Title Race of 1976


In 1976 the expansion Kansas City Royals were in the midst of taking their first American League West division title, with a record of 90 wins and 72 losses, but just as important was the race for the American League … Continue reading

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