Whitey Herzog got his start as a big league manager in with the 1973 Texas Rangers. In 1974 he started the season as the Angels third-base coach. When Bobby Winkles was fired in mid-season, Herzog was named interim manager for 8 games. Dick Williams picked up from there for the remainder of the year.
In 1975 the Royals tabbed Herzog as a midseason replacement after manager Jack McKeon went 50-46. Kansas City responded by going 41 of their remaining 67 games under Herzog.
Herzog’s first full season as a manager came in 1976 with the Royals. He enjoyed immediate success. He led the team to three straight American League Western Division titles. Over those three seasons the Royals won 90, 102, and 92 regular season games.
Herzog couldn’t quite break through with the Royals and bring a World Series title to Kansas City.
Shown here is the 1978 Topps Herzog card autographed by the Hall of Fame manager.