CARDS HOF Week: Herzog remembers ‘Whitey Ball’ which won them the ’82 World Series

“You know we couldn’t hit it very far, but we could run and we could make things happen.”

August 19, 2019 - 10:28 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The 1982 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals under Whitey Herzog hit 67 home runs that season, which is what the now 87-year-old National Baseball Hall of Famer jokingly says happens in just a week for some teams now. 

Herzog took St. Louis to two other World Series throughout the 80’s and did it playing a brand of baseball that is still talked about around Baseball Heaven. 

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“I go to the bank, the gas station, the grocery store and fans still say, ‘Oh, we enjoyed your brand of baseball so much,’” Herzog says. “You know we couldn’t hit it very far, but we could run and we could make things happen.”

That ’82 WS team finished dead last in the Majors in home runs, led  by four-time All-Star outfielder George Hendrick with 19. But that team also had five starters batting better than .280, four players had more than 20 stolen bases (including Lonnie Smith with 68) and had the third-best ERA in baseball (3.37).

All week on KMOX from Aug. 19-23 you’ll hear from a number of Cardinals Hall of Famers everyday throughout Total Information AM, The Charlie Brennan Show, The Mark Reardon Show and Total Information PM. It’s all leading up to this Saturday’s enshrinement ceremony of three new Cardinals Hall of Famers: Scott Rolen, Jason Isringhausen and Mort Cooper. 

Take a listen to the full conversation between Herzog and our Sports Director Tom Ackerman in the audio at the top of this page. 

Stay tuned to KMOX all week for more interviews with the Hall of Famers. 

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