Bios for managers, umpires on ballot

Bios for managers, umpires on ballot

The following list of 10 managers and umpires are candidates on the Hall of Fame Veterans Committee ballot. Results from the election are to be announced on Dec. 3 at the Winter Meetings. Candidates need 75 percent of votes for election.

Whitey Herzog
Over a 17-year career, Herzog amassed 1,279 wins and 1,123 losses in 2,405 games, a .532 winning percentage. ... His win total ranked 24th all-time when he retired. ... He won six division championships, three in the American League with Kansas City (1976-78) and three in the National League with St. Louis (1982, '85, '87). ... In addition to six first-place finishes, his teams also finished in second ('75, '79, '81 -- both halves) and third ('84, '86, '89) on three occasions each. ... In four full seasons with the Royals, he posted three first-place finishes and one second-place finish.

Capitalizing on an 11-5 National League Championship Series mark, Herzog took all three of his Cardinals division winners to the World Series (his Royals teams went 5-9 in three LCS). ... Each of his team's World Series appearances went the full seven games, winning once, in 1982 when the Cardinals bested the Brewers. ... The Cards lost in '85 to the Royals and in '87 to the Twins.

He took over the Cardinals on June 9, 1980, replacing Ken Boyer. ... He served as manager until August 28, when he was named general manager and then assumed both jobs after the season, keeping them until April 10, 1982, when Joe McDonald took over general manager duties. ... As the Cardinals general manager, he acquired Willie McGee, Ozzie Smith and Bruce Sutter, all large contributors to the '82 World Series championship.

After resigning as manager on July 6, 1990, he spent time as a Cardinals' vice president. ... He served as the Angels' senior vice president for player personnel from September 1991 until January 1994. ... Signed by the Yankees out of high school, Herzog spent five years in the Minors (plus two in the military from 1953-54) and eight years in the Major Leagues as an outfielder/first baseman. ... Herzog also had stints as a coach with the A's (1965), Mets (1966) and the Angels (1974, '75).

Awards were common for Herzog as he earned the following honors: 1976 Manager of the Year by UPI and the Baseball Bulletin; 1982 Manager of the Year by The Sporting News and UPI; 1981 and 1982 Executive of the Year by United Press International; 1982 Man of the Year by The Sporting News; 1985 Manager of the Year by the BBWAA; and the 1980s Manager of the Decade by Sports Illustrated.

Davey Johnson
Johnson spent 14 seasons (1984-90, 1993-97, 1999-2000) managing four Major League clubs, including the Mets (seven years), Reds (three years), Orioles (two years) and Dodgers (two years). ... He complied a career 1148-888 record, good for a .564 winning percentage. ... Johnson is the winningest manager in Mets history (595-417, .588 winning percentage) and the longest tenured one as well.

Overall in 12 full seasons, his teams finished in first place five times, second place six times and third place once. ... After three years managing in the Minor Leagues (1979, '81, '83), once each at the Class A, Double-A and Triple-A levels, his Major League career began with six consecutive first- or second-place finishes.

His teams won one World Series, one pennant, five division flags and one Wild Card berth. ... He won the NL pennant with the Mets in 1986, when they went on to defeat the Red Sox in seven games to win the World Series. ... He took three straight teams (1995-97) to the Division Series, going 3-0 and posting a 9-2 record in that round; five teams to the LCS, going 1-4 with a 10-18 mark. ... His overall postseason record was 23-23.

Johnson won 100 games twice (108 with the Mets in 1986, 100 with the 1988 Mets) and 90 or more games, four additional times. ... He ranks 48th all time in managerial wins and 13th in winning percentage. ... Johnson was the 1997 AL Manager of the Year with the Orioles when they won the division with a 98-64 record. ... He also finished second in Manager of the Year voting three other times.

Johnson played 13 Major League seasons and hit .261 lifetime with 136 homers and 609 RBIs as an infielder. ... He was a four-time All-Star. ... He played in four World Series, all with Baltimore.

Billy Martin
Martin spent 16 seasons (1969, 1971-83, 1985, 1988) managing five Major League clubs, including the Yankees five different times. ... He also managed in the American League with Texas, Minnesota, Detroit and Oakland. ... He complied a career 1,253-1,015 record with a .552 winning percentage.

Overall, his teams finished in first place five times. ... He earned two AL pennants, both with the Yankees (1976-77), and won one World Series (1977). ... He had an 8-13 League Championship Series record and was 15-19 in 34 postseason games. ... Martin won 100 games once and 90-plus games five additional times.

His first big league managerial job came in Minnesota in 1969, and the results were 97 wins and an AL West title. ... In his next gig, in Detroit in '71, the club finished in second place after finishing fourth in 1970. ... They won the division the following year under Martin's guidance. ... After three years in Texas, he won his two pennants in New York and a division title in the first half of the season (strike-shortened year) in Oakland, in 1981.

An integral part of the great Yankees teams of the 1950s as a player, he batted .257 in 11 seasons, going to five World Series and earning four rings.

Gene Mauch
Mauch spent 26 seasons as a Major League manager with Philadelphia (1960-68), Montreal (1969-75), Minnesota (1976-80) and the California Angels (1981-82, 1985-87) and posted a lifetime 1,901-2,037 record, a .483 winning percentage. ... His win total ranks 12th all-time, his losses rank fourth most and his years managing also ranks fourth, behind Connie Mack, John McGraw and Bucky Harris.

His teams finished first twice, in 1982 and in 1986 with the Angels. ... In both cases, his clubs lost the AL pennant (Milwaukee and Boston). ... He also had two second-place and two third-place finishes. ... Overall, none of his teams won 100 games, though he won 90 or more, three times, all with the Angels.

He replaced Eddie Sawyer in 1960 with the Phillies. ... He came close to winning the 1964 pennant, before his club faltered down the stretch, finishing with a 92-70 mark. ... When he left the Phillies, he ranked second all-time in wins behind Hall of Famer Harry Wright. ... Mauch skippered the expansion Expos in 1969 and managed seven seasons total in Montreal. ... After spending five seasons with the Twins, he went to the Angels in 1981. ... After two seasons, he became the director of player personnel, before going back to the dugout in 1985. ... He led the '85 club to a 90-72 mark.

Mauch was a three-time National League Manger of the Year (1962, 1964, 1973) and was the Major League Manager of the Year in 1973. ... He managed one All-Star team (1965, National League) and was selected as a coach four other times. ... He spent nine seasons in the Majors (1948-57), hitting .239.

Danny Murtaugh
Murtaugh spent his entire 15-year managerial career in Pittsburgh, compiling 1,115 wins and 950 losses (.540). ... He was hired in 1952 by Branch Rickey (during his youth movement) to be the player/manager of the Pirates' farm club in New Orleans.

Among Pirates skippers, his longevity, wins and winning percentage all rank second to Hall of Fame player-manager Fred Clarke. ... He and Clarke are the only two Pirates managers to each win two titles with Chuck Tanner skippering the fifth Pirates championship club. ... He was selected as Manager of the Year three times (1958, '60 and '70) and was Sport Magazine's 1960 Man of the Year.

In 12 full seasons as a manager, Murtaugh won five division titles and went to two World Series (1960 and 1971), winning both in seven games. ... The Pirates' appearance in the 1960 Fall Classic was its first since 1927 and its exciting seven-game victory over Hall of Fame manager Casey Stengel and his heavily favored Yankees team marked Pittsburgh's first championship since 1925. ... His '71 club beat Earl Weaver and the Orioles. ... Murtaugh's clubs also finished second (three times), fourth (twice), sixth (three times) and eighth (twice). ... He managed 14 League Championship Series games and his teams went 4-10, losing in 1970.

A true testament to his managerial skills, twice he retired from the ranks of active manager because of failing health, after the 1964 season and then again after the 1971 World Series, only to be persuaded to return to the dugout for the 1967 and 1973 seasons. ... Upon his retirement, he was the only skipper to manage the same team four times (since surpassed by the late Billy Martin of the Yankees).

Billy Southworth
Southworth managed in the big leagues for 13 years (1929, 1940-51), including seven with the Cardinals and six with the Braves. ... He posted 1,044 wins and 704 losses in 1,770 games for a .597 winning percentage, fifth all-time behind Joe McCarthy (.615), Jim Mutrie (.611), Charles Comiskey (.608) and Frank Selee (.598). He began his managing career in 1928 with the Cardinals' Rochester club, winning a pennant. ... He returned to the Majors in 1929 as player/manager for the Cards. ... His style as a strict taskmaster and disciplinarian was resisted by the Cardinals players, and after 88 games (43-45), he was relieved of his post and returned to manage Rochester, winning three more pennants. ... He also managed at Asheville and Memphis, before returning to the helm of the Cardinals in 1940.

Southworth guided the Cardinals to three consecutive National League pennants from 1942-44, winning World Series matchups over the Yankees in '42 and the cross-town rival Browns in '44. ... He Left St. Louis to manage the Braves in 1945, and won another pennant in 1948, the first by the Braves in 34 years. ... He Managed a total of 22 postseason games, going 11-11.

Earned Sporting News Manager of the Year honors in 1941 and 1942. ... His clubs had winning records in 11 of his 13 seasons as manager. ... He won 90 or more games six times and topped 100 victories three times. ... As a player, he batted .297 with 1,296 hits in 1,192 games. ... Overall, he spent 40 years in pro baseball, including 13 as an outfielder with the Indians, Pirates, Braves, Giants and Cardinals.

Dick Williams
A manager for 21 seasons with six different teams, Williams earned 1,571 wins with 1,451 losses, winning five division flags, four league championships and two World Series. ... He was one of two managers (Bill McKechnie) to win league championships with three different teams. ... Among World Series managers, he ranks ninth in wins and 10th in games.

Breaking in as a Major League manager with style, the rookie Williams led the 1967 Boston Red Sox to a 92-70 first-place record after the '66 Red Sox finished in ninth place. ... Boston's trip to the World Series was their first since 1946. ... The Red Sox lost in seven games to St. Louis.

After three seasons with Boston and then a season in Montreal as a coach, Williams became Oakland owner Charley Finley's 11th manager in as many years in 1971. ... The A's won 89 games the year prior, and Williams then led them to three consecutive division titles and consecutive World Series championships in 1972-73. ... Their pennant-winning '72 season was a first for the Athletics in 41 years. ... Williams resigned following the 1973 World Series.

After three seasons in Anaheim, he moved to Montreal where he guided the Expos from 1977-81. ... The Expos won 55 games in 1976, immediately improving by 20 games in 1977. ... He became San Diego's skipper in 1982 after they finished in last place the year prior. ... He led the Padres to their first World Series appearance in 1984, losing to Sparky Anderson's Tigers. ... Williams ended his managerial career in Seattle, spending three seasons (1986-88) with the Mariners.

A third baseman/first baseman/outfielder from 1951-64, Williams learned to be a great bench jockey from Leo Durocher. ... A career .260 hitter with 70 homers for five different teams.

Doug Harvey
Harvey spent 31 seasons as a National League umpire, working six All-Star Games, five World Series and seven Championship Series. ... Overall, he umpired 4,670 games.

Known for his fairness and steadiness as an umpire, he pioneered the process of waiting a full second before making a call behind the plate, something he did to allow himself to replay the pitch in his mind.

Harvey credits Al Barlick, Jocko Conlan and Shag Crawford among his mentors.

He spent four seasons in the Minor Leagues, three in the California State League and one in the Pacific Coast League. ... He also umpired one season of winter ball in Puerto Rico. ... In 1995, he was named as one of five umpire evaluators for both the American and National leagues.

Hank O'Day
O'Day did it all on the field, working as a player, manager and umpire. ... He pitched from 1884-90, managed the Reds (1912) and Cubs (1914), and was a highly-regarded National League umpire for 30 years. ... After umpiring on occasion in 1888-89 and '93 in the National League and in 1890 in the Players' League, he finally concentrated full time on the profession in 1894, working the Northwest League.

In his 30 years as an umpire, he officiated 10 World Series -- tied for second most in history with Cy Rigler, behind Bill Klem's 18 appearances. ... Along with Tom Connolly of the American League, he was one half of the first tandem to umpire a modern day Series in 1903.

Honest and fearless, O'Day is best remembered as the umpire who called the Fred Merkle play in the crucial Giants-Cubs game on September 23, 1908. ... O'Day was also the second-base umpire during the 1920 Series when Bill Wambsganss turned a triple play for Cleveland. ... John Heydler, president of the National League during the latter part of O'Day's career, claimed he had no superior as a judge of balls and strikes.

His best showing as a pitcher came during the second half of the 1889 season. ... He was obtained from Washington in late July, he posted a 9-1 record for the N.Y. Giants and then added two victories over the Brooklyn A.A. team in that fall's "unofficial" World Series. ... Following a 22-13 record for New York in the 1890 Players' League, he drifted through the Minor Leagues.

Cy Rigler
Considered by many to be one of the outstanding early umpires, Rigler worked in excess of 6,100 games in organized baseball and ran National League games with a cool and competent demeanor for four decades (1906 35). ... He was hired by National League president Henry Pulliam.

Rigler missed the 1923 season to concentrate his efforts on the oil industry, among other interests. ... He would have remained an active umpire in 1936 had he not succumbed to lingering head injuries suffered as the result of a 1934 car accident. ... When he became ill in the fall of 1935, officials appointed him chief of umpires for the 1936 season, a position he never was able to enjoy. ... Among umpires, he was second in seniority to Klem at the time of his death.

He broke into the Majors in the era of the single umpire, calling the game from behind the plate. ... Gruff yet kindly, he was so capable that later on, the younger umpires were routinely assigned to work with Rigler. ... He was usually paired with Klem, O'Day, Bob Emslie and Jim Johnstone.

Rigler was the first umpire (for whom documentation exists) to use hand signals for balls and strikes, doing so in Evansville in the Central League on April 30, 1905.

He had 10 World Series assignments (1910, '12, '13, '15, '17, '19, '21, '25, '28, '30), tied for second most in history with O'Day and behind Klem (18). His 62 Series games worked stand second only to Klem. He was part of the crew for the first All-Star Game in 1933.

When not umpiring, Rigler designed numerous ballparks in the U.S. and Cuba. ... He also enjoyed scouting, signing Hall of Famer Eppa Rixey.