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April 29, 2010

Stengel was Herzog's mentor

— One of the Hall of Fame’s newest electees toured the museum on Monday and saw a familiar face. Longtime manager Whitey Herzog said seeing the Hall of Fame case dedicated to fellow Hall of Fame manager Casey Stengel brought back a lot of memories and much gratitude.

It was Stengel, Herzog said, who went out of his way to spend time with Herzog when he was a player and later as a third base coach.

``I think he knew I was going to be a manager before I did,’’ Herzog said in the Plaque Gallery of the Hall after taking his orientation tour. ``The two biggest things he taught me were how to handle the media and not to hire your buddies when you become a big league manager. You’ve got to surround yourself with good people.’’

Stengel won 10 World Series titles while managing the New York Yankees. Herzog was a bench player on those great Yankee teams.

Herzog, elected by the Veterans Committee last December along with longtime umpire Doug Harvey, will be surrounded by good people during his induction on July 25 on the grounds of the Clark Sports Center. Also to be inducted is former outfielder Andre Dawson, the lone electee of the BBWAA. Announcer Jon Miller and Daily News writer Bill Madden will be honored with the Ford C. Frick and Spink Awards as well.

``It’s quite an honor, I can tell you that,’’ Herzog said. ``If as many people from St. Louis are coming to Cooperstown that weekend that told me they are, we could have a million people here.’’

Herzog is a beloved figure in St. Louis, guiding the Cardinals to a World Series title in 1982 over the Milwaukee Brewers in seven games, and then losing seven game World Series to the Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins in 1985 and 1987, respectively.

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