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Biography of Leo Durocher (1905-1991)


Player and coach of American baseball, born at West Springfield (Massachusetts) on July 27, 1905 and died in Palm Springs (Calif.) on October 7, 1991, addressed to several major league teams between 1939 and 1973 with a total of 24 seasons in the position of manager.

He began his career as a player in 1925 in the ranks of the New York Yankees and subsequently played in the Cincinnati Reds (1931-1932), San Luis (1933-1936) of Cardinals and Brooklyn Dodgers, team that from 1939 combined work of player and manager. With a nearly new template, Durocher led the Dodgers to the title of the National League in 1941 after more than twenty years of ultimate triumph, but they could not impose the Yankees of Joe Di Maggio in the World Series. In 1945 he retired as a player and in 1947 ceased in the position of manager due to the suspension of one year imposed to him by Commissioner Chandler after making controversial statements.

In 1948 he returned to competition to lead the New York Giants, a team that three years later achieved the victory in the National League so surprising - the episode was known as the miracle of Coogan´s Bluff in reference to the stadium where they produced - since they went up a disadvantage of 13.5 games against the Dodgers to end up imposing itself in the final Eliminator. However, Durocher could not achieve his first World Series losing his team again to the New York Yankees.

After two seasons in a little bright, in 1954 recovered its best player, Willie Mays, which was crucial in achieving the title of League and, finally, in obtaining the long-awaited World Series against the Cleveland Indians. After leaving the Giants the following year, Durocher became one of the coaches of the Dodgers led by Walter Alston, who worked until 1961, and in 1966 he signed as manager of the Chicago Cubs. His last team was the Houston Astros, who directed until their final withdrawal in 1973. In 1994 he was appointed posthumously member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.


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