|Leo Durocher as a rookie with the World Champion Yankees, 1928. (photo by Chales M. Conlon)|
Leo Ernest Durocher could be described with almost every adjective in the dictionary. He was about as controversial as they come. Colorful and outspoken. Certainly not dull. No person maintained as prominent a place in Dodger history during the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s 60’s and even 70’s as Leo Durocher. As a player, manager, coach, hated rival, hero, and even saboteur, this man played all roles and never minced words. Durocher could easily be labeled as a gambler, a great baseball strategist, a womanizer, a philanthropist, a manipulator, a charmer, a motivator and a cheat. And all in the space of 24 hours. Leo and controversy went hand in hand, all the way back to the 1920’s when he was a young ballplayer fighting Ty Cobb up until the 1970s when Cesar Cedeño played for him.
|Ty Cobb, 1927 photo when he was player/manager of the Philadelphia Athletics|
|Durocher and Ruth, 1929 photo|
|Hall of fame manager, Miller Huggins|
|The "Gas House Gang," poses before game 2 of the 1934 World Series in Detroit. Durocher is 2nd from the left. Dizzy Dean, is first player on the left.|
|Burleigh Grimes, Babe Ruth and Leo Durocher. 1938, Brooklyn bench.|
|Durocher and Larry MacPhail in Life Magazine photo.|