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 Leo Durocher was born in West Springfield, Massachusetts, on July 27, 1905, the youngest of four sons born to French Canadian parents. … Read More


1925 19 Years Old After being scouted by the New York Yankees, he broke into professional baseball with the Hartford Senators of the Eastern League in 1925. … Read More


1926 20 Years Old Durocher spent two more seasons in the minors, playing for the Atlanta Crackers of the Southern Association in 1926 and St. Paul Saints of the American Association in 1927.
1928 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Durocher rejoined the Yankees in 1928. … Read More
1930 24 Years Old 1 More Event
He demanded a raise and he was sold to the Cincinnati Reds in 1930.
1933 27 Years Old Durocher spent the remainder of his professional career in the National League. After three years with the Cincinnati Reds, he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in mid-1933. … Read More
1934 28 Years Old He was married to St. Louis socialite Grace Dozier from 1934 to 1943.


1937 31 Years Old Durocher remained with the Cardinals through the 1937 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
1938 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1938 he made history of a sort by making the final out in Johnny Vander Meer's second consecutive no-hitter.
1939 33 Years Old In 1939 the Dodgers were coming off six straight losing seasons, but Durocher led a quick turnaround.
1941 35 Years Old In 1941, his third season as manager, he led the Dodgers to a 100–54 record and the National League pennant, their first in 21 years. … Read More
1942 36 Years Old Finally, at the end of the 1942 season, MacPhail's tenure with the Dodgers came to an end when he resigned to rejoin the United States Army. … 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 many television shows.
1945 39 Years Old Durocher also clashed regularly with Commissioner Albert "Happy" Chandler. Chandler, who had been named to the post in 1945, warned Durocher to stay away from some of his old friends who were gamblers, bookmakers, or had mob connections, and who had a free rein at Ebbets Field. … Read More


1946 40 Years Old …  The Yankee boss had hired away two coaches from Durocher's 1946 staff (Chuck Dressen and Red Corriden) during the off-season, causing friction. … Read More
The two later eloped and married in Texas in 1947. … Read More
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1954 48 Years Old Later with the Giants in 1954, Durocher won his only World Series championship as a manager by sweeping the heavily favored Cleveland Indians, who posted the highest American League winning percentage of all time (111–43) during the regular season.
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.


1961 55 Years Old He later served as a coach for the Dodgers, by then relocated to Los Angeles, from 1961 to 1964.
1963 57 Years Old In an April 10, 1963 airing of The Beverly Hillbillies, Durocher plays golf with Jed Clampett (Buddy Ebsen) and Jethro Bodine (Max Baer, Jr.) and tries to sign Jethro to a baseball contract after discovering Jethro has a strong pitching arm.
1965 59 Years Old In an episode of The Munsters titled "Herman the Rookie," on April 8, 1965, Durocher believes Herman (Fred Gwynne) is the next Mickey Mantle when he sees the towering Munster hit long home runs. … Read More


1966 60 Years Old Durocher returned to the managerial ranks in 1966 with the Chicago Cubs. … Read More
1969 63 Years Old 1 More Event
The team steadily improved, but in 1969, Durocher suffered one of his most remembered failures. … 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 He made a brief comeback in 1976 in the Japanese Pacific League with the Taiheiyo Club Lions, but he retired due to illness (hepatitis) 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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