Leo Durocher (1906 1991) was baseball s all-time leading cocky, flamboyant, and galvanizing character, casting a shadow across several eras, from the time of Babe Ruth to the Space Age Astrodome, from Prohibition through the Vietnam War.Read more...
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Leo Durocher (1906 1991) was baseball s all-time leading cocky, flamboyant, and galvanizing character, casting a shadow across several eras, from the time of Babe Ruth to the Space Age Astrodome, from Prohibition through the Vietnam War. For more than forty years, he was at the forefront of the game, with a Zelig-like ability to be present as a player or manager for some of the greatest teams and defining baseball moments of the twentieth century. A rugged, combative shortstop and a three-time All-Star, he became a legendary manager, winning three pennants and a World Series in 1954.
Durocher performed on three main stages: New York, Chicago, and Hollywood. He entered from the wings, strode to where the lights were brightest, and then took a poke at anyone who tried to upstage him. On occasion he would share the limelight, but only with Hollywood friends such as actor Danny Kaye, tough-guy and sometime roommate George Raft, Frank Sinatra, and his third wife, movie star Laraine Day.
As he did with Bill Veeck, Dickson explores Durocher s life and times through primary source materials, interviews with those who knew him, and original newspaper files. A superb addition to baseball literature, Leo Durocher offers fascinating and fresh insights into the racial integration of baseball, Durocher s unprecedented suspension from the game, the two clubhouse revolts staged against him in Brooklyn and Chicago, and Durocher s vibrant life off the field."
- ISBN-13: 9781632863119
- ISBN-10: 1632863111
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
- Publish Date: March 2017
- Page Count: 368
- Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.6 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-11-28
- Reviewer: Staff
Veteran sports journalist Dickson (Bill Veeck: Baseballs Greatest Maverick) returns with another excellent remembrance of a larger-than-life persona, legendary baseball manager Leo Durocher, whom he describes as cocky and flamboyant. Durochers career spanned from Prohibition to the Apollo moon landings. Born in 1905 in West Springfield, Mass., of French-Canadian stock, Durocher signed with the Yankees in 1925 as a shortstop and erratic hitter; five years later, his blunt talk and fondness for living beyond his means got him sold to the Cincinnati Reds. Impressively, Durocher survived suspensions, firings, investigations, and brawls as a combative, eccentric player with the Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, and Brooklyn Dodgers to play in the World Series in 1928 and 1934. The author often approaches his subject with tabloid fervor as he writes of the managers 1947 game suspension, his contested friendship with actor George Raft and his gangster buddies, his divorces (including from actress Loraine Day), and his feuds with Babe Ruth and Casey Stengel. Dicksons entertaining book brings the rambunctious Hall of Famer and true sports original to life. (Mar.)