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General Information

Name:  Dorrel Norman Herzog  

Pen Name: Whitey Herzog

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1931 in New Athens, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Whitey was born Dorrel Norman Elvert Herzog in New Athens, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dorrel Norman Elvert "Whitey" Herzog is a former professional baseball player and manager who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 25,2010.He played for the: *Washington Senators (1956-1958) *Kansas City Athletics (1958-1960) *Baltimore Orioles (1961-1962) *Detroit Tigers (1963) He was a Manager for the:*Texas Rangers (1973) *California Angels (1974) *Kansas City Royals (1975-1979) *St. Louis Cardinals (1980-1990) His career highlights and awards as a Manager include:*1982 World Series Championship *3x National League Pennants *3x American League West Division Championships *3x National League East Division Championships

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Titles At Your Library

White Rat

NY H&R. 1987

You're Missin' a Great Game: From Casey to Ozzie, the Magic of Baseball and How to Get It Back
ISBN: 1416552057

Simon & Schuster. 2007

At its best, baseball calls on a wide array of subtle skills, rewarding the teams that know how to play the game better than their opponents over the long 162-game season. Whitey Herzog learned those skills under the tutelage of Cesey Stengel in the Yankees' training camps of the 1950s: how to take a lead which side of the cutoff man to aim for when to take an extra base depending on whether the outfielder throws left-handed or right-handed the best ways to turn or prevent a double play. These little things might make a difference in two or three games over the course of a season, but two or three wins are often what separates a pennant winner from the pack. As Whitey would personally learn playing alongside greats like Roger Maris and Yogi Berra -- and managing players like George Brett, Darrell Porter, and Ozzie Smith -- baseball should reward such attention to detail. That inside knowledge can create the chance for a less physically awesome team to beat its imposing adversaries -- and what is more satisfying in sports than David toppling Goliath through skill and guile?
But in the modern game, Herzog argues, players don't learn these skills, and the game no longer rewards them if they do. Expanded playoffs mean that more teams reach the postseason, so excellence over 162 games is less important than ever before. Players know that their agents will negotiate salaries based on their home runs, batting averages, and RBI counts why learn the parts of the game that don't show up in the box scores? The richest teams can bash their way into the playoffs by signing the players they need to play a power game at bat and on the mound. The free-agent draft deemphasizes good scouting, and the bonuses being paid to untested rookies further widen the gap between rich and poor. For the majority of teams, the season is over before it's begun their economic circumstances won't let them play the only style you can win with today.
But it would be wrong to lump Herzog in with the crowd that says things can never be as good as they used to be. Outrageous, thought-provoking, candid, and laugh-out-loud funny, You're Missin' a Great Game celebrates the game of baseball as it was, and as it can be again. For all the fans revitalized by the excitement and glamour of the home-run chase and the barrier-breaking '98 season, Whitey Herzog shows how -- with some intelligent planning and attention to the virtues of the game -- baseball's best days can and should be still ahead of us.

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