LEO DUROCHER: BASEBALL'S PRODIGAL SON by Paul Dickson
Leo Durocher: Baseball's Prodigal Son by Paul Dickson
Leo Durocher (1905 - 1991) was baseball's all-time leading cocky, flamboyant, and galvanizing character, casting a shadow across several eras, from the time of Babe Ruth to the space-age Astrodome, from Prohibition through the Vietnam War. For more than forty years, he was at the forefront of the game, with a Zelig-like ability to be present as a player or manager for some of the greatest teams and defining baseball moments of the twentieth century. A rugged, combative shortstop and a three-time All-Star, he became a legendary manager, winning three pennants and a World Series in 1954.
Durocher performed on three main stages -- New York, Chicago, and Hollywood -- with briefer stints in Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Houston. He entered from the wings, strode to where the lights were brightest, and then took a poke at anyone who tried to upstage him. On occasion he would share the limelight, but only with Hollywood friends such as actor Danny Kaye, tough guy and sometime roommate George Raft, Frank Sinatra, and his third wife, movie star Laraine Day.
Paul Dickson reveals Durocher's extraordinary life and times through primary source materials, wide-ranging interviews, and original and rarely used newspaper files. A superb addition to baseball literature, Leo Durocher offers fresh insights into the racial integration of baseball, Durocher's unprecedented suspension from the game (which cost him participation in Jackie Robinson's groundbreaking inaugural season), the two clubhouse revolts staged against him in Brooklyn and Chicago, and Durocher's vibrant life off the field.
Bloomsbury, Hardcover, 1st Edition, 1st Printing, 2017
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