Herzog in good spirits, makes public appearance at Cards event days after 'minor stroke'

On Monday, Herzog was taken to a hospital after too much exposure to the heat at his charity golf tournament at Forest Hills Country Club.

Tom Ackerman
September 20, 2019 - 9:36 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - You can't keep Whitey Herzog down for long.

Three days after being hospitalized with a minor stroke, Herzog, the legendary St. Louis Cardinals manager, made an appearance at a Cardinals Fantasy Camp event Thursday night at Ballpark Village.

Joined on stage by fellow Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith and KMOX sports director Tom Ackerman, Herzog was in good spirits, offering sharp commentary on the Cards-Cubs game unfolding at Wrigley Field and reminiscing about his teams of the 80's. Dressed in a coat and tie, Herzog, 87, arrived early and signed autographs, took photos with campers and visited with former players.

On Monday, Herzog was taken to a hospital after too much exposure to the heat at his charity golf tournament at Forest Hills County Club. He was taken to a local hospital and diagnosed with a minor stroke. He was released the following day to rest at home. Smith agreed to fill in for his former manager at the Fantasy Camp event.

But it wasn't long before Herzog was feeling better and indicated he wanted to support Thursday's event, which raised money for Mercy Cardinals Kids Cancer Center in St. Louis.

The Cardinals released a statement Monday, saying "Whitey is hoping for a quick recovery, and he and his family are very appreciative of the caring support that everyone has shown them."

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