July 25, 2010 by staff
Whitey Herzog, Whitey Herzog Bernie Brewer accused of stealing signs. It happened in July 1973. Herzog was one season as Texas Rangers manager, and took place over a weekend series in Milwaukee County Stadium.
Both Herzog and Bernie Brewer were new to their jobs.
The second-year Rangers continued to struggle after losing 100 games under Ted Williams in 1972. Now they were on their way to a season of 105-under Herzog loss in 73.
Desperate times, desperate measures.
“I’m not sure anything was really going on [with Bernie Brewer signal theft],” ex-Rangers pitcher David Clyde recalled. “But I know that was basically batting practice for our pitching staff throughout the weekend. We could not get anyone out.”
Clyde was a national history at the time. The 18-year-old from Houston Westchester debut at just 10 days earlier and beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 to 35 698 in Arlington Stadium.
Was the greatest thing in the history of the Rangers for quite some time after that.
Two starts later, however, Clyde and the Rangers’ bullpen was battered for 18 hits in the Brewers 17-2 defeat of bursting.
The next day – Sunday, July 8 – the Rangers dropped both ends of a doubleheader, but not before Herzog called Bernie Brewer on suspicion of receptor signaling to Milwaukee hitters.
Herzog saw a man sitting in the garden is looking through a pair of binoculars, which was possibly tipping off Bernie Brewer, who in turn noted the firm donated his villa in the beer garden center.
Arms crossed: fastball
Arms down to side-curve.
“Why is cheating on us? Do not know who we are?” Herzog asked incredulously after.
He had moved quickly suspected their intention to outrage the observation dry wit. Whitey Classic.
The right man, wrong time
Dorrel Norman Elvert Herzog joined the Rangers after spending half a decade as director of player personnel of the New York Mets. He knew that the young talent. He knew how to develop it.
His induction to the Hall of Fame baseball today (along with Andre Dawson and the umpire Doug Harvey) pays tribute to a kind of “regular guy” whose smart dugout during the ’70s and ’80s he won six division titles, three pennants and a World Series championship for a window 12 years with Kansas City and St. Louis Cardinals.
Around here, serves as a reminder of what the Rangers allowed to escape.
At 41, Herzog was a former .257 hitter who managed 325 at-bats just once in eight seasons with four teams (1956-1963).
“Baseball has been good to me,” Herzog would say, “Once I stopped trying to play.”
He owned a quick wits, a sharp tongue and a self-deprecating sense of humor that earned most of the people.
But he never left his first year of a contract for two years in Texas. He was fired less than two months after the incident Bernie Brewer.
Two things happened in 1973: 1) The Rangers were a terrible team and 2) Billy Martin became available after he was fired in Detroit on Aug. 30.
Owner Bob told reporters short, “I fired my mother for the possibility of hiring Billy Martin.”
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