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Herzog follows top Cardinals managers to Cooperstown

With Whitey Herzog’s well-deserved selection to Baseball’s Hall of Fame announced Monday, six of the seven Cardinals managers with the most career wins with the club are or are committed to be in Cooperstown.

Herzog at Busch Stadium on Monday (AP/Tom Gannam)The others previously enshrined are Red Schoendienst (as a player), Billy Southworth, Charlie Comiskey (as an executive), Branch Rickey (executive) and Frankie Frisch (player).

The other missing name of course, is the incumbent manager, Tony La Russa, tops on the list with 1,232 franchise victories and counting.

When Joe Torre (ninth in Cardinals managerial victories) and La Russa eventually go in, and both will, nine of the top ten St. Louis managers in terms of wins will be enshrined.

Of the nine present and future Hall of Famers, only La Russa, Herzog and Southworth will have been enshrined primarily due to their results managing the Cardinals.

No matter how you count it, it is an impressive total for an impressive franchise.

Managerial record by wins and Hall of Fame status, St. Louis Cardinals, career

Rk Manager HOF Inducted How As StL yrs From To Gms Wins Losses Pct
1 Tony La Russa lock Manager 14 1996 2009 2266 1232 1034 0.544
2 Red Schoendienst yes 1989 Veterans Player 14 1965 1990 1999 1041 955 0.522
3 Whitey Herzog yes 2010 Veterans Manager 11 1980 1990 1553 822 728 0.530
4 Billy Southworth yes 2008 Veterans Manager 7 1929 1945 981 620 346 0.642
5 Charlie Comiskey yes 1939 Veterans Executive 8 1883 1891 852 563 273 0.673
6 Branch Rickey yes 1967 Veterans Executive 7 1919 1925 947 458 485 0.486
7 Frankie Frisch yes 1947 Regular Player 6 1933 1938 822 458 354 0.564
8 Eddie Dyer 5 1946 1950 777 446 325 0.578
9 Joe Torre lock Manager 6 1990 1995 706 351 354 0.498
10 Miller Huggins yes 1964 Veterans Manager 5 1913 1917 774 346 415 0.455

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