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Leo Durocher

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher

Profession: Baseball Player and Manager

Nationality:
United States of America
American

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
Birthplace: West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Star Sign: Leo

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

Events in the Life of Leo Durocher

  • 1925-07-22 Yankees purchase infielder Leo Durocher
  • 1938-08-07 2,000th Brooklyn Dodgers home run: legendary shortstop Leo Durocher homers off Reds hurler Peaches Davis in 8th inning of a 6-3 win
  • 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
  • 1971-12-01 Chicago Cubs release longtime star and future Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, ending his 19-year MLB career; announce Banks will serve as a coach on manager Leo Durocher's staff; Banks finishes with 512 home runs and 1,636 RBI
  • 1972-08-26 Leo Durocher replaces Harry Walker as manager of Astros
  • 1973-10-01 Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder/manager Leo Durocher ends his 45 year career in the sport when he resigns as Houston Astros manager
  • 1988-03-01 For first time since 1956, the Special Veterans Committee does not elect anyone to the Baseball Hall of Fame; Phil Rizzuto, Leo Durocher, Joe Gordon and Gil Hodges passed over
  • 1989-02-17 Former baseball player and manager Leo Durocher injured in a car crash

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