Whitey Herzog took the podium at the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, and proceeded to elicit plenty of laughs from the crowd. Some notes from his speech:
- He said that if it weren't for the Cardinals players he managed, he might still be "digging ditches somewhere." He spent a good amount of time talking about the Cardinals, but curiously enough, he didn't make a single mention of the Royals teams he managed in the 1970s.
- He commended Andre Dawson for running out every play despite his bad knees, and lauded Doug Harvey, though he gave him a bit of a jab. "He wouldn't put the damn tarp on," he said.
- In his closing remarks, Herzog said, while choking up, that being inducted to the Hall of Fame "is like going to Heaven before you die."