Widely regarded as one of the best tactical managers of his era, Herzog led the Royals to their first championships. His clubs captured three straight American League West division titles (1976, 1977, and 1978). He managed the 1977 Royals, perhaps the best team in franchise history, to a club record 102 wins. The first 13 players inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame all played during his five years in Kansas City. In each of those seasons, the Royals posted a winning record and never finished lower than second place. Herzog's Kansas City career ended as the Royals all-time winningest manager, posting a record of 410-304 (.574).