Cardinals Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog, who will be 88 in November, suffered what was termed a “minor stroke” Monday during his charity golf tournament at Forest Hills Country Club. But after being hospitalized Monday night and part of Tuesday, Herzog was allowed to return to his home in Sunset Hills.
Herzog had complained of being lightheaded while on the course. “It was awfully hot out there,” said his son, Jim Herzog. “They were taking some pictures and he just got confused and we took him to the hospital and checked him in.
“He was much better (Monday) night, once he got cool and had the blood thinners and so forth.
“They definitely said it was a minor stroke. But he bounced back. They thought he’d be in the hospital a few days. The good news is that they let him come home tonight.”
Also nicknamed "the White Rat," Herzog managed the Cardinals from 1980 to 1990, winning National League championships in 1982, 1985 and 1987 and the World Series in 1982 with a daring brand of baseball that emphasized speed, defense and tight pitching. Before that, he had managed the Kansas City Royals to divisional championships in 1976-77-78.
Herzog was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010. Earlier this summer, Cardinals Hall of Famer Bob Gibson, whose birthday of Nov. 9 is the same as Herzog's, was found to have pancreatic cancer and is being treated in his hometown of Omaha, Neb. Gibson will be 84 in November.
In October 2011, Herzog fell at his Sunset Hills home while putting away pool cushions and struck his head. He spent 23 days in intensive care after bleeding on his brain was discovered. In October 2013, he suffered a fractured left hip in a fall and recovered from that, also.