Herzog, Harvey get into Hall of Fame

By Ben Walker
Associated Press / December 8, 2009

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INDIANAPOLIS - Whitey Herzog spent a good, long time stewing about a blown call in the 1985 World Series. So in a strange way, perhaps this fits: He’s going into the Hall of Fame, standing next to an umpire.

Herzog and prominent crew chief Doug Harvey got the call yesterday, elected to the Hall by the Veterans Committee.

Herzog was a vote short in his last try, and might’ve made it sooner with another crown on his résumé (he won it all in ’82). But he forever was linked to Don Denkinger after the ump’s infamous miss in Game 6 in ’85 cost the Cardinals a chance to clinch.

“No, I’m not bitter at Denkinger,’’ Herzog said at Busch Stadium. “He’s a good guy, he knows he made a mistake, and he’s a human being. It happened at an inopportune time but I do think they ought to have instant replay in the playoffs and World Series.’’

As for Harvey, Herzog joshed: “I don’t know why he should get in. Doug kicked me out of more games than any other umpire.’’

Like Herzog, Harvey fell one vote shy in the last election. This time, they both easily drew enough support.

“I don’t think I would’ve had my heart broken if I’d missed by another vote or two. But I’m damn happy it’s over,’’ said Herzog, who also managed the Royals.

“It was just in the last few years when I was only missing by a few votes that I thought, maybe I do deserve it.’’

Former players’ union head Marvin Miller was on a separate slate for executives and officials, and fell two votes short.

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