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Leo (Ernest) Durocher

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Baseball player and manager, born in West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA. As a major league shortstop for 17 seasons (1925–45), he played in two World Series and was an integral member of the St Louis Cardinals' ‘Gas House’ teams of the 1930s. During his 24-year career as a manager (1939–73), he managed the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, and Houston Astros. (He was forced to miss the 1947 season because of ‘conduct detrimental to baseball’.) His irascible style of managing earned him his nickname, and inspired his teams to three league championships and a World Series victory in 1954. Among his many unprintable words, his most often quoted phrase ‘Nice guys finish last!’ was probably never spoken by him, at least not in such an aphoristic form. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994.

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