Whitey Herzog Wife: Meet Mary Lou Herzog


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Mary Lu was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and attended St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana where she received her bachelor’s degree. She received her master’s degree in education from Michigan State University.


Mary Lu enjoyed being a second-grade teacher and loved being a docent to the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Mary Lu was also a proud city guide to her beloved hometown of Grand Rapids.

Mary Lu married the love of her life, Donald Herzog in 1964. Their 58-year marriage has defined the true meaning of love and has been an inspiration to many. Mary Lu had the most loving heart and her zest for life was infectious.

She will always be remembered for being the “hostess with the mostess.” Mary Lu’s gift of hospitality and making others feel welcome will be cherished by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Mary Luanne age 88 of Grand Rapids, Michigan, passed away peacefully on September 19, 2022.


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Dorrel Norman Elvert “Whitey” Herzog s an American former professional baseball outfielder and manager, most notable for his Major League Baseball (MLB) managerial career.

Born in New Athens, Illinois, Herzog made his MLB debut as a player in 1956 with the Washington Senators. After his playing career ended in 1963, Herzog went on to perform a variety of roles in Major League Baseball, including scout, manager, coach, general manager, and farm system director.

As a big-league manager, he led the Kansas City Royals to three consecutive playoff appearances from 1976 to 1978.

Hired by Gussie Busch in 1980 to helm the St. Louis Cardinals, the Cardinals won the 1982 World Series over the Milwaukee Brewers and made two other World Series appearances, in 1985 and 1987 under Herzog’s direction.

He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 25, 2010, and was inducted into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum on August 16, 2014.


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