Burt Shotton

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Birthdate10/18/1884
Death Date7/29/1962
Debut Year1909
Year of Induction
Teams Browns, Cardinals, Dodgers, Phillies, Reds, Senators
Positions Center Field, Left Field, Manager

A fine outfielder and later Brooklyn manager for Jackie Robinson’s 1st MLB season, Burt Shotton is the last skipper to wear street clothes in the dugout.

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Burt Shotton big league career included 14 seasons as a player and 11 as a manager

Burt Shotton big league career included 14 seasons as a player and 11 as a manager

Burt Shotton was a fleet-footed outfielder who twice received votes in MVP balloting. After debuting in the big leagues in 1909, he was there to stay in 1911, averaging 32 stolen bases per season for the next nine years. For the five-year period between 1912-1916 Shotton averaged 95 walks per season
Reverse of card with Burt Shotton's signature - with 8/24/48 Brooklyn postmark

Reverse of card with Burt Shotton's signature - with 8/24/48 Brooklyn postmark

This autograph of Burt Shotton appears on a government postcard. A preferred medium of autograph collectors for decades, such postcards document the time and place in which the card was mailed. Notice the Brooklyn postmark dated August 24, 1948 on this example. That day Shotton’s Dodgers swept
Burt Shotton was chosen by Branch Rickey to be the Dodger skipper in '47

Burt Shotton was chosen by Branch Rickey to be the Dodger skipper in '47

Though Burt Shotton managed the Dodgers for all but two game during Jackie Robinson‘s trailblazing season that broke the color barrier, he was not in fact Robinson’s first big league skipper. That honor went to Clyde Sukeforth. Once Dodger pilot Leo Durocher was suspended for the ’

2 responses to “Burt Shotton”

  1. Charlie Magallanes Srsays:

    Who’s the other players beside Jackie Robinson with Manager Burt Shotton!

    • Tough call on some of those players. I’d bet if you posted it on a forum or on a Facebook baseball page, someone would let us both know. That era, especially when it concerns the Dodgers, is so very popular!

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