Leo Durocher

Baseball Player and Coach
Born Jul 27, 1905

Leo Ernest Durocher (July 27, 1905 – October 7, 1991), nicknamed Leo the Lip, was an American infielder and manager in Major League Baseball. Upon his retirement, he ranked fifth all-time among managers with 2,009 career victories, second only to John McGraw in National League history. Durocher still ranks tenth in career wins by a manager.… Read More

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1905 Birth Born on July 27, 1905.


1928 22 Years Old Durocher helped the team win its second consecutive World Series title in 1928.
1930 24 Years Old He demanded a raise and was sold to the Cincinnati Reds in 1930. … Read More
1934 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Durocher remained with the Cardinals through the season, captaining the team and winning the 1934 World Series (their third title in nine years) before being traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers. … Read More


1939 33 Years Old Yet despite all the success between 1939–42, Durocher and GM MacPhail had a tempestuous relationship. MacPhail was a notorious drinker and as hot-tempered as his manager, and often he would fire Durocher in the midst of a night of drinking. In the morning, however, MacPhail would always hire Durocher back. Finally, with World War II raging, the Dodger GM resigned to rejoin the United States Army at the end of the 1942 season. … Read More
1943 37 Years Old During this period, Durocher, who had made his screen debut in the 1943 Red Skelton comedy Whistling in Brooklyn, played himself in several television shows. … Read More
1945 39 Years Old But Durocher also clashed regularly with Commissioner Albert "Happy" Chandler, who had been named to the post in 1945. … Read More


Furthermore, Durocher encouraged and participated in card schools within the clubhouse, was something of a poolshark himself and a friend to many pool hustlers. He also followed horse racing closely. Matters came to a head when Durocher's affair with married actress Laraine Day became public knowledge, drawing criticism from Brooklyn's influential Catholic Youth Organization; the two later eloped and married in Mexico in 1947. They divorced in 1960. … Read More
1955 49 Years Old After leaving the Giants following the 1955 season, Durocher worked at NBC, where he was a color commentator on the Major League Baseball on NBC and host of The NBC Comedy Hour and Jackpot Bowling. … Read More


1972 66 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He was fired midway through the 1972 season, later stating that his greatest regret in baseball was not being able to win a pennant for longtime Cubs owner P.K. Wrigley.
1976 70 Years Old Durocher made a brief comeback in 1976 in the Japanese Pacific League with the Taiheiyo Club Lions, but retired due to illness before the beginning of the season. … Read More
1991 86 Years Old Leo Durocher died in 1991 in Palm Springs, California at the age of 86, and is buried in Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles. … Read More
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