Yogi Berra’s 1973 Topps baseball card

Yogi Berra’s 1973 Topps baseball card

On this date in Mets history in 1973, New York defeated the Chicago Cubs 6-4 to capture the National League East pennant.

Not that I really needed a reason to post a Yogi Berra baseball card image.🙂

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Posted on October 1, 2012, in Baseball Cards, New York Mets. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Will in Central NJ

    Hey Paul, have you ever read Peter Golenbock’s “Amazin: An Oral History of 40 Years of Mets Baseball”? (I think that is the title of the 2002 book.) Let’s see if I recall the Yogi Berra/Whitey Herzog passage correctly:

    In the book, the author detailed through interviews of how the Mets’ Director of Minor League Operations, Whitey Herzog, abruptly resigned after Yogi Berra was given the manager’s job in April 1972 upon the untimely passing of Gil Hodges. Herzog felt that he was better qualified than Yogi was. Yogi, of course, led the Mets to the pennant in 1973, but not much else after (thanks, M. Donald Grant). Herzog, however, the Mets’ 1967 third base coach, went on to a Hall of Fame managerial career mainly with the rival Cardinals.

    As a Met fan, I can’t help but wonder what would’ve happened if Herzog, and not Berra, was named manager of the team.

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    • I just uncovered my copy of that book when I was thinning out my library last week. I’ll have to re-read it sometime.

      I tend to think Whitey Herzog would have been handcuffed just as badly as Yogi Berra was by M. Donald Grant, but maybe the Mets would have had a different rival in the 1980s if he didn’t end up in St. Louis.

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  2. Whitey was a coach with the 66 Mets. In 67, he began his tenure as Director of Player Development. When the Mets won in 69, Whitey went to congratulate Gil but never got the chance because Gil immediately thanked and congratulated Whitey. Said Gil, “For three years now, every time I called you about what I need, you have sent me the right player.” When Gil died, EVERYONE pretty much assumed Whitey would get the job. He was not only the better baseball mind (no offense, Yogi, but c’mon), but he knew the players in the organization top to bottom. While it’s true Whitey felt snubbed, its not like he left in a huff. He finished out the season as Director of Player Development and took the next opportunity that arose the following off season. And the job he took–managing the Rangers if I recall–he was fired from before that season ended. Further, he was, I think, more offended that the Mets front office–i.e. Grant–wouldn’t let him attend Gil’s funeral. They said they needed him at the instructional league. I think Whitey saw that, as Mrs. Payson relinquished more and more control to her underlings that these folks were two-bit cheapskates who would ruin the franchise, which they certainly did for a time.

    As for rivalries, they tend to arise organically, without regard for the individuals involved; even if the individuals appear central, they really aren’t.

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