ST. LOUIS (AP) – It took some time, but the White Rat is back after a fall left him hospitalized for more than three weeks.

Whitey Herzog signed autographs and greeted well-wishers at the Cardinals’ Winter Warm-Up over the weekend. The 80-year-old former manager who led the Cardinals to three National League pennants in the 1980s, including the 1982 World Series win, has recovered from a serious fall at his suburban St. Louis home in September.

Herzog told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he fell as he was putting away cushions from his pool for the season. He struck his head and spent 23 days in intensive care after bleeding on his brain was discovered.

He says he feels good now, and all things considered, he feels lucky.

slp20120115181 Herzog Back After Nasty Fall<<Photo Gallery: Cardinals Winter Warm-Up>>

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