Leo Durocher

Birthdate 7/27/1905
Death Date 10/7/1991
Debut Year 1925
Year of Induction 1994
Teams Astros, Cardinals, Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Reds, Yankees
Positions Manager, Second Base, Shortstop

At the time of his retirement, Leo Durocher’s 2,009 career wins ranked 5th all time and 2nd in the NL history behind only John McGraw.

In the collection:

Leo Durocher's 1986 invitation to the Old Timers' game at Dodger Stadium

Leo Durocher's 1986 invitation to the Old Timers' game at Dodger Stadium

Leo Durocher played for four teams and managed three but will forever be linked to the Dodgers. With six years as a player in Brooklyn, and nine more as a manager, Durocher’s career is painted with Dodger blue.
Envelope for the invitation

Envelope for the invitation

Apparently Major League Baseball did not have Durocher’s home address. The invitation was originally addressed to Durocher in care of the Dodgers via Dodger Stadium. It is assumed the team forwarded the invitation to Durocher.
Leo Durocher autographed original 1933 Goudey

Leo Durocher autographed original 1933 Goudey

Though known for his managerial career, Leo Durocher played 17 seasons in the Major Leagues from 1925-1945, becoming a regular with the 1928 Yankees. Primarily a shortstop, Durocher also played a little second base. Shown here is
Happy Chandler goes into detail about the suspension and career of Leo Durocher

Happy Chandler goes into detail about the suspension and career of Leo Durocher

As commissioner of baseball, the signature of Happy Chandler is readily available to autograph collectors. In the collection is a letter with remarkable content. Here Chandler rails against Leo Durocher who he suspended for the 1947 season in a letter to Hall of Fame columnist Jim Murray of the Los
Page two of the Chandler letter about Durocher to Hall of Fame LA Times columnist Jim Murray

Page two of the Chandler letter about Durocher to Hall of Fame LA Times columnist Jim Murray

On page two of the letter, commissioner Happy Chandler signs his name boldly and ads a post script. In it he lets Murray know that former governor of Michigan and Supreme Court Justice Frank Murphy was against Durocher managing the Dodgers in 1947, the
Envelope addressed to Ford Frick Award winner Jim Murray

Envelope addressed to Ford Frick Award winner Jim Murray

Jim Murray wrote columns for the Los Angeles Times for 37 years. He was the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Sportswriter of the Year award 12 consecutive seasons and 14 overall. In 1987 he was awarded the J,G, Taylor Spink Award by the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Pulitzer Priz
PSA/DNA autograph of Leo Durocher -- a gift from Eric Young

PSA/DNA autograph of Leo Durocher -- a gift from Eric Young

Some friendships last a lifetime. In the 1970s four families took their young sons on a trip to the High Sierra in California. During that time one of the boys noticed another reading Leo Durocher’s book Nice Guys Finish Last. Though it was in the early portion of the friendship, both boys fel

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