By Paul Dickson
Leo Durocher (1906–1991) used to be baseball's all-time major cocky, flamboyant, and provoking personality, casting a shadow throughout numerous eras, from the time of Babe Ruth to the gap Age Astrodome, from Prohibition during the Vietnam warfare. For greater than 40 years, he used to be on the vanguard of the sport, with a Zelig-like skill to be current as a participant or supervisor for the various maximum groups and defining baseball moments of the 20th century. A rugged, combative shortstop and a three-time All-Star, he turned a mythical supervisor, profitable 3 pennants and an international sequence in 1954.
Durocher played on 3 major phases: manhattan, Chicago, and Hollywood. He entered from the wings, strode to the place the lighting fixtures have been brightest, after which took a poke at somebody who attempted to upstage him. now and again he may proportion the limelight, yet simply with Hollywood pals equivalent to actor Danny Kaye, tough-guy and someday roommate George Raft, Frank Sinatra, and his 3rd spouse, celebrity Laraine Day.
As he did with invoice Veeck, Dickson explores Durocher's lifestyles and instances via fundamental resource fabrics, interviews with those that knew him, and unique newspaper documents. a great addition to baseball literature, Leo Durocher deals interesting and clean insights into the racial integration of baseball, Durocher's exceptional suspension from the sport, the 2 clubhouse revolts staged opposed to him in Brooklyn and Chicago, and Durocher's bright existence off the field.
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Leo Durocher: Baseball's Prodigal Son by Paul Dickson