Year Inducted: 2010
Whitey Herzog Youth Foundation:
Since it was founded in 1987, the Whitey Herzog Youth Foundation has helped children by providing funds to benefit youth baseball programs in both Missouri and Illinois. The foundation was established to improve ballfields and make them safer for amateur baseball. These improvements have included the construction of facilities, installation of new turf, the addition of new fencing with padding, construction of dugouts, the installation of irrigation and new lighting. The foundation has also provided funds to assist with purchasing equipment, uniforms and other expenses related to youth baseball.
Over the years, thousands of dollars have been donated to various American Legions, Little League programs, and schools to fund improvements to ballfields, as well as help local children play the game of baseball.
American Legion Baseball is close to Whitey’s heart, as he views it as the greatest vehicle for a young baseball player to go from high school to college to play the game. In recent years, the foundation has made substantial donations to the Belleville Parks and Recreation Department to fund the construction of their American Legion field named for Whitey. In addition, the foundation has supported projects in Jackson Missouri, Carrolton Illinois, Josephville Missouri, Columbia Illinois, St. Louis County.
Military Service: US Army Corps of Engineers, 1953, stationed at Ft Leonard Wood, Missouri