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Leo Durocher


Leo Durocher

Circa 1955, headshot of American baseball player and manager Leo Durocher, manager for the New York Giants.

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Vital Statistics:

Born: July 27, 1905 in West Springfield, Mass.

Died: Oct. 7, 1991

Playing career: New York Yankees (1925, 1928-1929), Cincinnati Reds (1930-1933), St. Louis Cardinals (1933-1937), Brooklyn Dodgers (1938-1943, 1945)

Managerial career: Brooklyn Dodgers (1939-46, 1948), New York Giants (1948-55), Chicago Cubs (1966-72), Houston Astros (1972-73)

Inducted into Hall of Fame: 1994

Height: 5-10

Weight: 160

Batted: Right

Threw: Right

Primary position: Was a shortstop and second baseman in his playing career.

  • Known as a good fielding (but poor hitting) shortstop during a 17-year career, he won two World Series (1928 with Yankees, 1934 with Cardinals) before beginning his managerial career as a player-manager with the 1939 Dodgers.
  • The brash "Leo the Lip" managed for 24 seasons and won 2,009 games, including pennants with the Dodgers (1941), Giants (1951, 1954) and the 1954 World Series. He was the first manager to win 500 games with three different teams.
  • Is credited with coining the phrase, "Nice guys finish last" in a 1946 interview.
  • Was suspended by the commissioner in 1947 for association with gamblers.

After Retirement:

  • Worked as a broadcaster and played himself on several TV shows.
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