Durocher, Leo

Leo Ernest Durocher
Born: July 27, 1905, W. Springfield, Massachusetts
Died: October 7, 1991, Palm Springs, California
Played For: 
New York Yankees (1925, 1928-1929), Cincinnati Reds (1930-1933), St. Louis Cardinals (1933-1937), Brooklyn Dodgers (1938-1943, 1945)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1994

Leo Durocher was a good-field, no-hit shortstop for 17 years, but gained his greatest notoriety for accomplishments after his playing days. His combative and swashbuckling style, brilliant baseball mind, uncanny memory and fiery disposition became "The Lip's" trademarks as a colorful and controversial manager for 24 seasons with the Dodgers, Giants, Cubs and Astros. He compiled 2,009 wins in 3,740 games, captured three pennants and won the World Series in 1954. He was named Manager of the Year three times by the Sporting News.

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Did You Know: 
that Leo Durocher was the starting shortstop for the Brooklyn Dodgers when they hosted the Cincinnati Reds in the first televised major league baseball game, August 26, 1939?
Leo Durocher claims he was sacked forty times (by Larry MacPhail) in his five years as Dodger manager, but I was there and I can verify only twenty-seven.
Harold Parrot