Durocher led Dodgers' powerhouse of 1940s
So it came as no surprise when Dodgers president Branch Rickey signed Durocher to another one-year contract on Jan. 2, 1946.
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Burt Shotton took the 1947 team all the way to the World Series.
Durocher returned as Dodgers manager in 1948, but was dismissed with the team at 35-37 when Rickey and Giants owner Horace Stoneham arranged for Durocher to move across town to the Dodgers’ heated rival. Shotton then returned and managed the Dodgers through the 1950 season.
Durocher would go on to lead the Giants to NL pennants in 1951 and 1954. He dabbled in television after the Giants dismissed him following the 1955 season, then returned as a Dodgers coach in the early 1960s before managing the Cubs and the Astros in the 1960s and 70s.
He finished with a career record of 2,008-1,709, and passed away on Oct. 7, 1991.
Durocher was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1994.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum