Southworth, Billy

William Harold Southworth
Born: March 9, 1893, Harvard, Nebraska
Died: November 15, 1969, Columbus, Ohio
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 2008

Billy Southworth spent 13 seasons as an outfielder and 13 as a National League manager. A popular figure with players, Southworth skippered the St. Louis Cardinals for seven seasons, averaging 101 wins a season between 1941 and 1945. He won three pennants with the Redbirds, along with World Series titles in 1942 and 1944. During his six-year stint as manager of the Boston Braves, Southworth brought the perennial league doormats their first pennant in 34 years during the 1948 season. Southworth finished with a 1,064-729 record, posting one of the best winning percentages (.593) of all time.

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Did You Know: 
that among managers who began their careers in the dugout after 1900, Billy Southworth’s career winning percentage of .597 ranks second all-time to only Joe McCarthy’s .615.
Billy's offensive philosophy was to bunt the ball and get the runner over. That's why we won. He taught the fundamentals.
Danny Litwhiler