Leo Durocher

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher Full Name: Leo Durocher


Profession: Baseball Player and Manager
Why Famous: A controversial and outspoken character, his career was dogged by clashes with authority, umpires, and the press. His 95 career ejections ranks fourth on the all-time list. He has 2,009 career victories, which ranks tenth. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994.

Born: July 27, 1906
Star Sign: Leo
Birthplace: West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA

Died: October 7, 1991 (aged 85)

Married Life

  • 1934-09-27 Baseball player and manager Leo Durocher (28) weds businesswoman Grace Dozier
  • 1948-02-16 Baseball player and manager Leo Durocher (41) weds actress Laraine Day (27) in Santa Monica, California
  • 1960-06-14 Actress Laraine Day (39) divorces manager Leo Durocher (53) due to incompatibility after 12 years of marriage
  • 1969-06-19 Baseball manager Leo Durocher (63) weds socialite Lynne Walker Goldblatt (40) at the Ambassador West Hotel in Chicago

Historical Events in the Life of Leo Durocher

  • 1925-07-22 Yankees purchase infielder Leo Durocher
  • 1938-08-07 Leo Durocher, hits 2,000th Dodger home run
  • 1940-09-16 Leo Durocher suspended from Ebbetts Field for "inciting a riot"
  • 1945-06-09 Following an 8-7 win over the Phils, Brooklyn manager Leo Durocher is arrested on a complaint by a fan that Durocher slugged him
  • 1947-04-09 Baseball suspends Bkln Dodger Leo Durocher for 1 year
  • 1947-04-10 Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler suspends Leo Durocher, first day of the season
  • 1948-07-16 Eddie Sawyer replaces Ben Chapman in Philadelphia, NY Giants Leo Durocher replaces Mel Ott & Burt Shotton replaces Durocher as Dodger manager
  • 1948-07-26 Leo Durocher returns to Ebbets Field as a NY Giant
  • 1958-01-31 "Jackpot Bowling" premieres on NBC with Leo Durocher as host
  • 1962-08-24 Dodger coach Leo Durocher suffers a near-fatal allergic reaction to a penicillin injection while in the clubhouse at the Polo Grounds
  • 1972-08-26 Leo Durocher replaces Harry Walker as manager of Astros
  • 1973-10-01 Leo Durocher resigns as Houston Astro manager
  • 1989-02-17 Former baseball player/manager Leo Durocher injured in a car crash

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