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Cardinals Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog embraces Tri-States

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Cardinals Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog signs autographs at the Quincy Mall on Saturday. Cardinals Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog signs autographs at the Quincy Mall on Saturday.
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Saturday was a special afternoon for St. Louis Cardinals fans across the Tri-States.

Hall Of Fame Redbird manager Whitey Herzog paid a visit to the Gem City at the 25th annual Baseball Card Show at the Quincy Mall, who teamed up with WGEM for the event.

Herzog signed autographs for a couple hours as hundreds of fans lined up across the mall to meet the man who led St. Louis to the 1982 World Series title.

The legendary coach also spoke with WGEM Sports about the franchise and its one of a kind fan base.

"Cardinal Nation is something," Herzog expressed.  "I mean it's amazing, and the fact that they do compete every year, I've got to give St. Louis credit for that."

"Quincy, it's just like Springfield, Danville, Peoria, Decatur, you better be in the right bar or the right grocery store because you can get in trouble."

Herzog also gave his insight to the present day Cardinals skipper, Mike Matheny, who took over for Tony LaRussa following the Cardinals championship run in 2011.

"The biggest thing with Mike is that he's a genuine person," said Herzog. "He was a catcher and her learned to manage last year, and he's very fortunate."

"I've often said this, 'Good players make you a good manager, good bullpens make you a genius."

*For our complete interview with Herzog, click the link at the top of this story.

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