Dorrel Norman Elvert “Whitey” Herzog (November 9, 1931-) was a mediocre player at the plate, an above average fielder and an exceptional manager who won six division titles, three National League pennants and the 1982 World Series. Over eight seasons in the Major Leagues with the Washington Senators (1956-1958), the Kansas City Athletics (1958-1960), the Baltimore Orioles (1961-1962) and the Detroit Tigers (1963), Whitey hit .257 with 414 hits, 25 home runs and 172 RBI. He also posted a .979 fielding percentage in the outfield. After his playing days ended, he spent seven years in the New York Mets organization as a scout and director of player development, nurturing a youthful core of players that would reach the World Series in 1969 and 1973. However, the “White Rat”, as he was affectionately known, enjoyed his greatest triumphs as a Major League manager. After relatively unsuccessful stints at the helm of the Texas Rangers (1937) and the California Angels (1974), he took over managerial duties for the Kansas City Royals from 1975 to 1979 and led them to three consecutive American League Western Division titles (1976-1978). Herzog established what is referred to as “Whiteyball” which combined pitching with speed and defense, rather than power. He took his “Whiteyball’ style to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1980 and developed a core of young, fast, defensive minded players who won the 1982 World Series and the 1985 and 1987 National League pennants. Redbird players under Whitey’s reign included 13-time Gold Glove winning Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith, the 1985 National League MVP and two-time batting champion Willie McGee and the 1985 NL Rookie of the Year, base-steeling phenom Vince Coleman and a veteran pitching staff that dominated opposing batters with control and power. Over 18 years at the helm of a Major League club, Whitey Herzog posted a 1,281-1,125 record with three National League pennants and the 1982 World Series. Whitey Herzog was inducted as a manager into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010.
Charles Leonard “Chuck” Estrada (February 15, 1938-) broke into the Major Leagues with a bang starting the 1960 season going 6-1 to earn a trip the Mid-Summer Classic and finished the season with a league leading 18 wins, tying Cleveland Indians pitcher Jim Perry. The Milwaukee Braves signed Chuck in 1956 and he then spent the next three seasons in the minor leagues before debuting with the Baltimore Orioles in 1960. During that rookie campaign, Estrada mowed down American League hitter in one way or another as he finished 5th in strikeouts (144) and second in hit batsmen (15). On his final start of the season, Chuck won his league leading 18th game on October 1 with Perry matching him the following day. He went 18-11 and finished second in 1960 AL Rookie of the Year voting but was named The Sporting News AL Pitcher of the Year. The next year, Estrada again had an exceptional year going 15-9 with 160 strikeouts, but the bottom soon fell out. In 1962, he led the AL in losses with 17 going 9-17 and posted a career high in wild pitches with 9. Bone chips and spurs in his pitching elbow slowed the big right-hander over the course of his five seasons in Baltimore (1960-1964), however. Estrada did not pitch during the entire 1965 season and he was sent to the California Angels in February of 1966, only to be returned to Baltimore in May and ultimately landing on the north side of Chicago with the Cubs. Chuck appeared in nine games with Chicago (1966) as a reliever and then pitched one final season with the New York Mets (1967). He did have the unique honor of pitching two scoreless innings and capturing the win in Hall of famer Tom Seaver’s debut. Chuck Estrada finished his 7-year career with a 50-44 record, 535 strikeouts, 24 complete games and a 4.07 ERA in 146 appearances. After retiring as a player, he served many years as a pitching coach for the Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres and Cleveland Indians.