Herzog, Harvey Elected to Hall of Fame

FILE - In this 1986 file photo, St. Louis Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog relaxes at the Astrodome in Houston after the American League beat Herzog's National League squad in baseball's All-Star Game. AP Photo

Manager Whitey Herzog and umpire Doug Harvey got the call Monday, elected to the baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee.

Herzog and Harvey missed by one vote in their previous tries. This time, they easily drew enough support to reach Cooperstown.

"Well, it took a little," Herzog said at Busch Stadium. "I don't think I would've had my heart broken if I'd missed by another vote or two. But I'm damn happy it's over."

Among those who came close this year was former players' union head Marvin Miller. He was on a separate slate for executives and officials, and fell two votes short.

Herzog was a fixture in major league dugouts for two decades. He won 1982 World Series and three NL pennants with the St. Louis Cardinals and three division titles with Kansas City. He became the 19th manager to make the hall.

"I think he was one of the guys who started managers looking at doing more creative things," said Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith, one of Herzog's star players.

Smith was a late addition to the 16-member panel that considered managers and umpires. Candidates needed 12 votes (75 percent) to make it, and Herzog got 14 in voting Sunday at the baseball winter meetings. Results were announced Monday, and the 78-year-old Herzog was told he was in.

It was somewhat strange that Herzog was elected along with an umpire. In 1985, a missed call by ump Don Denkinger in Game 6 of the World Series damaged the Cardinals' chances of winning another championship.

Dorrel Norman Elvert Herzog drew his nickname because of his light blonde hair while playing minor league ball. He wasn't much of a major league outfielder, but made his mark with the Runnin' Redbirds.

Herzog missed by one vote in 2007. He will be enshrined with Harvey at the induction ceremonies on July 25.

"I don't know why he should get in," Herzog joshed. "Doug kicked me out of more games than any other umpire."

Harvey umpired in the National League for 31 seasons before retiring in 1992. He worked five World Series and six All-Star games, and handled more than 4,600 games overall.

The 79-year-old Harvey also came close two years ago. He was picked on 15 of 16 ballots this time, and became the ninth umpire in the Hall.

Harvey has been in frail health since being diagnosed with oral cancer in 1997. He often chewed a wad of tobacco while on the field.

Harvey was distinguished by his shock of silver hair, and players often called him "God" in tribute to his work. He helped bring a new style to umpiring, too. Rather than make emphatic, instant calls, as was the norm when he began in 1962, he would take a split-second to get a clear picture of the play in his mind.

"He belongs in there," said Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda, another committee member. "He had the players' respect. He had the pitchers' respect — most of the time."

Managers Billy Martin, Gene Mauch, Davey Johnson and Tom Kelly were among the other managers on the ballot. Danny Murtaugh, who guided Pittsburgh to a pair of World Series titles, and umpire Hank O'Day each received eight votes, four shy of election.

A separate 12-person committee that reviewed 10 executives didn't elect anyone. John Fetzer, who owned the Detroit Tigers from 1956-83, got eight votes and fell one vote short.

Miller, who became head of the players' association in 1966 and built the union into a powerful force, drew seven votes. Jacob Ruppert, who owned the Yankees when the acquired Babe Ruth, also drew seven.

Roberto Alomar, Edgar Martinez and Barry Larkin are eligible for the first time in Hall voting now under way by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. They join carryover candidates Mark McGwire, Andre Dawson and Bert Blyleven, with results to be announced Jan. 6.

The next Veterans Committee vote for players is in 2010. Joe Gordon was elected last year.

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