» July 22, 1925:
The Yankees buy SS Leo Durocher from Hartford (Eastern League).
» October 2, 1925:
The A's roll over the Yankees 10–0 in Philadelphia. Rookie Leo Durocher makes his debut as a pinch hitter in the 8th against Stan Baumgartner. The Lip flies out.
» May 24, 1928: In the first game of a doubleheader in Philadelphia, a major-league record 13 future Hall of Famers take the field as the first-place Yankees take on the 2nd-place A's. This number does not include non-playing Hall of Famers Herb Pennock and Stan Coveleski, managers Miller Huggins and Connie Mack, nor umpires Tom Connally and Bill McGowan. [HOFs: Earle Combs, Leo Durocher, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, and Waite Hoyt for New York; Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Mickey Cochrane, Al Simmons, Eddie Collins, Lefty Grove, and Jimmie Foxx for the A's.] Led by Lazzeri's three hits and six RBIs, the Yanks edge the A's, 9–7, handing the defeat to Lefty Grove. The A's win the nitecap, 5–2, behind rookie Ossie Orwell.
» May 29, 1928:
At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees sweep a pair from Washington, 3–2 and 12–3. Leo Durocher's bases-loaded triple in the opener gives George Pipgras (8-1) the win. Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth both slug a pair of homers in the nitecap: Lou hits his 9th in the 3rd, off Washington starter Milt Gaston, then Ruth and Gehrig hit back-to-back dingers in the 4th off Lloyd Brown. Ruth adds his 18th off Brown in the 7th. Earle Combs also homers.
» May 31, 1928:
At Yankee Stadium, Herb Pennock tosses his 2nd shutout, beating Washington, 4–0, for his 8th win. Irv Hadley is the loser, giving up a home run to Cedric Durst and another to Babe Ruth, his 19th. Babe almost adds his 20th when he blasts a long high fly with two on, but Leo Durocher, the runner on first, holds up to see if the ball will be caught. Durocher scores but the Babe is cut down at the plate.
» February 2, 1930: The Yankees waive Leo Durocher out of the American League and sell him to the Reds. Whispered rumors, repeated by Urban Shocker in his 2001 autobiography, contend that Leo was stealing money and jewelry from his teammates. Allegedly, roommate Babe Ruth beat up Durocher after a theft of marked money confirmed his suspicions. The Yankees, according to Shocker, prevail on the rest of the AL to waive Durocher. [Another story has Durocher, in debt, asking for a $1,000 advance on his salary from Ed Barrow so he can pay a hotel bill. When Barrow turns him down, Leo curses him, and Barrow trades him the next day to the Reds.]
» August 5, 1931:
The Cubs edge the Reds 3–2 at Wrigley Field when Leo Durocher boots a ground ball hit by Kiki Cuyler. It ends a string of 251 errorless chances in 53 games for Durocher.
» May 7, 1933: Reds SS Leo Durocher and Cardinals P Paul Derringer are the principals in a trade that gives St. Louis a player to replace Charley Gelbert, the victim of a hunting accident in November. The pickup is a good one for the Reds, as Derringer will fire four 20-game seasons for Cincy.
» September 18, 1933: The Cards put off the Giants flag conquest, by attacking Carl Hubbell in the 8th to win, 4–3. Tex Carleton is the winner when Leo Durocher drives home the last run with a triple.
» June 13, 1934: At St. Louis, Billy Urbanski, Braves SS, has four walks and two sacrifices for no at bats in six plate appearances against the Cardinals. He scores once. Rival SS, slick-fielding Leo Durocher, makes four errors in the 9–0 Boston rout.
» October 8, 1934:
Paul Dean holds off the Tigers in a pitching duel
with Schoolboy Rowe, winning 4-3. Weak-hitting
Leo Durocher has 3 hits, as does Tigers manager Mickey
» April 28, 1935:
Trade unions direct their attention at the Cardinals,
voting to boycott their games because team captain
Leo Durocher made an antiunion statement in behalf
of his wife's dress business. The ballpark is eventually
picketed to protest nonunion ushers, gate men, and
» May 12, 1936: After the Dodgers beat Dizzy Dean, 5–2, at Ebbets Field, Cardinal captain Leo Durocher and Casey Stengel agree to meet under the stands and the Dodger manager gets a cut lip in a brief fight. The fight was the result of much bickering about calls during the game and some pre-game bantering.
» October 5, 1937:
Leo Durocher is traded to the Dodgers by the Cardinals
for Johnny Cooney, Joe Stripp, Jim Bucher, and Roy
» June 15, 1938: Johnny Vander Meer stuns baseball by pitching his 2nd successive no-hitter, defeating the Dodgers and Max Butcher, 6–0. Brooklyn plays the first night game ever at Ebbets Field. In front of 38,748 fans, including spectators Babe Ruth and several hundred fans from Vandy's home town of Midland Park, NJ. Vandy strikes out seven and walks 8, including three one-out walks in the 9th. A force out at home on a grounder by Ernie Koy and a fly ball by Leo Durocher ends the game. In a pregame event, Koy, with a 10-yard start but running in his Reds' uniform, beats Olympic champion Jesse Owens in the 100-yard dash.
» October 10, 1938:
Burleigh Grimes is dismissed as Dodgers manager.
Leo Durocher will be named as his replacement 2 days
» July 2, 1939:
In a doubleheader with the Dodgers before 51,435 at the Polo Grounds, the fireworks start two days early. The Dodgers take a uneventful opener 3-2, but in the fourth inning of the nitecap, Dodger player-manager Leo Durocher ends the inning by grounding into a DP and spikes 1B Zeke Bonura as he crosses the bag. Bonura takes off after Durocher, chases him down the RF line, and throws his mitt at him. He finally wrestles him to the ground. Both players are ejected, and the Giants go on to win 6-4. To Bonura's charge of intentional spiking, the Lip retorts, "If that big clown hadn't got his foot in my way, I wouldn't have been close to him."
» June 1, 1940: Filling in for Leo Durocher, rookie Pee Wee Reese gets beaned by Cubs pitcher Jake Mooty. Chicago edges the Dodgers, 4–3, in 12 innings, as Mooty is the winner over Tot Pressnell.
» June 18, 1940: Joe Medwick, in the Dodger lineup for six days after his trade from the Cardinals, is beaned by St. Louis P Bob Bowman at Ebbets Field in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. The Cards win their 6th straight in 11 innings 7–5, as Bowman is escorted from the park by policemen. Hospitalized, Medwick will return to the lineup after several days, but he is never again a major power hitter. Larry MacPhail wants Bowman banned for life. The night before, Bowman allegedly got into an argument with Medwick and Leo Durocher in a hotel elevator.
» September 16, 1940:
A rhubarb at Ebbets Field results in a suspension
and fine for Leo Durocher for "inciting a riot."
Perhaps better known from the game is the photo showing
an obese Brooklyn fan astride George Magerkurth, pummeling
the veteran umpire.
» March 7, 1941: At Havana, the Dodgers roll over the Cleveland Indians 15–0. Pee Wee Reese and Joe Medwick use a batting helmet designed by two Johns Hopkins doctors with the help of Larry MacPhail. The two Dodgers, victims of HBPs last year, pronounce the helmets satisfactory. Brooklyn P Van Lingle Mungo celebrates the win a little too hard and when tomorrow's game is rained out, he continues to party. The result is that manager Leo Durocher sends him a note informing Mungo he's been reassigned to the Dodgers' minor league camp in Macon. Mungo will pitch just two innings for Brooklyn this year.
» May 1, 1941: Reds P Bucky Walters stops the Dodgers, 2–1 in 11 innings. The Dodgers load the bases in the 11th, but Leo Durocher and Babe Phelps strike out to end the game. Curt Davis takes the loss.
» May 19, 1941: Cubs pitcher Claude Passeau hits a grand slam off Hugh Casey as the Cubs score nine runs in the 2nd inning. Chicago coast to a 14–1 win at home. Brooklyn manager Leo Durocher protests the game claiming the Cubs are over the 25-man limit, but the protest is tossed out. The Cubs will be fined $500 for the infraction. Brooklyn also protests that the mound is several inches over the 15 inch height allowed: at the suggestion of the umps, Casey pitches from several inches in front of the rubber, but it doesn't help.
» June 1, 1941:
After losing six straight games in mid-May, the Dodgers begin to show the results of the trades by Larry MacPhail and Leo Durocher. They win their ninth-straight game and are well entrenched in first place.
» March 6, 1942: In Havana, the Dodgers beat the Cuban All-Stars, 6–4, in 11 innings, though manager Leo Durocher is not around at the end. He is chased in the 9th after arguing with the umps. The Dodgers win tomorrow and split a doubleheader on the 8th.
» July 10, 1943:
Brooklyn scores 10 runs in the first and fourth innings as they whip the visiting Pirates 23-6. This follows a pregame attempted strike by the players following Leo Durocher's 3-game suspension of P Bobo Newsom for insubordination. Minutes before the game SS Arky Vaughan handed his uniform to Durocher and refused to play. Durocher called for volunteers to play, but by game time he had just a battery of Curt Davis and Bobby Bragan. Branch Rickey intervened, and Vaughan and the others agreed to play. Newsom, 9-4, will be traded to the Browns on July 15th.
» October 25, 1943:
Dodger manager Leo Durocher signs his 1944 contract,
which calls for a base salary of $20,000 plus $5,000
for every 100,000 fans over 600,000.
» September 1, 1944:
The Giants lose to Brooklyn 8-1, as Giant Joe
Medwick is hit on the elbow and leaves the game for
treatment. With both teams out of the race, Dodgers
manager Leo Durocher agrees to allow Medwick to reenter
the game if Durocher can pick the pinch runner for
him. He selects slow-footed Gus Mancuso, who is promptly
erased on a DP ground ball.
» June 9, 1945:
Brooklyn manager Leo Durocher is arrested on a complaint by a fan that Durocher slugged him while an Ebbets Field cop pinned back his arms. The case will be settled in 1946.
» April 25, 1946:
Leo Durocher is acquitted of assaulting a baseball
fan, John Christian, under the grandstands at Ebbets
Field on June 8, 1945. Christian will admit that he
received $6,750 from the Dodgers for his injuries.
» May 22, 1946: With the score tied 1–1 in the 10th inning at Ebbets Field, Cubs SS Len Merullo and Dodger 2B Eddie Stanky start punching each other, precipitating a brawl between the two teams. Claude Passeau rips off Leo Durocher's jersey before calm is restored. The Dodgers win 2–1 in 13 innings, collecting 11 hits off Johnny Schmidt, who goes the distance. Joe Hatten gives up four hits in 12 innings, with Kirby Higbe pitching the last round.
» May 23, 1946: Police sit along the dugouts of both clubs at Ebbets Field after yesterday's brawl but that doesn't stop a pregame fight between the Dodgers Dixie Walker and the Cubs Lenny Merullo. The first place Dodgers again win, 2–1, in 11 innings. The pregame fight will cost five players $650, plus suspensions for Walker, Merullo and Cubs coach Red Smith. Augie Galan gets tossed in the 4th and Leo Durocher in the 9th.
» October 26, 1946: Columnist Westbrook Pegler writes a critical piece about the off-field relationship between Dodger manager Leo Durocher, actor George Raft and well-known gamblers. This is the first of a number of articles that will lead up to the suspension of Durocher for the 1947 season.
» January 21, 1947:
Dodger manager Leo Durocher marries actress Lorraine Day, after she obtains a Mexican divorce.
» March 8, 1947: In Havana's new Stadium del Cerro, the Dodgers, behind three pitchers, beat the Yankees in 10 innings 1–0. Carl Furillo scores on Pete Reiser's double, and Snuffy Stirnweiss's 10th-inning single is the only Yankee hit. On hand to watch is Connie Zimmerman, an associate of mobster Lucky Luciano, and a racing handicapper, Memphis Engelberg. As Burt Solomon writes, Leo Durocher points out the men to sports writers Dick Young and Milt Gross, saying, "Look at that. If I had those guys in my box, I'd be kicked out of baseball. Are there two sets of rules? One applying to managers and one applying to club owners. When asked about if the me are his guests, Dodger GM Larry MacPhail snaps, "What are you. The goddam FBI?" MacPhail calls Durocher a liar, and in a bizarre turn, later files charges against the manager with the commissioner's office.
» March 24, 1947: In a meeting at the Sarasota Terrace Hotel, Leo Durocher admits to Commissioner Happy Chandler that he sometimes bets on card games with Kirby Higbe.
» April 9, 1947: Commissioner Happy Chandler suspends manager Leo Durocher of the Brooklyn Dodgers for the entire season for incidents detrimental to baseball. Larry MacPhail and the Dodger organization are fined $2,000 each, and Yankee coach Charley Dressen is set down for 30 days. A feud involving Durocher, MacPhail, and Dodger officials rocked the training season. The Yankees' signing of Dressen and Red Corriden, longtime Brooklyn coaches, charges of consorting with Cuban gamblers against MacPhail, and charges and counter charges that Durocher had sought—or been offered—the Yankee managerial post were included in the hearing before Chandler.
» April 18, 1947: The Giants shell the Dodgers, 10–4, with Jackie Robinson hitting his first home run, off Dave Koslo, in the loss. The Giants counter with six homers—2 apiece by Bobby Thomson and Bill Rigney, and one apiece by Johnny Mize and Willard Marshall. Scout Burt Shotton is the surprise choice to replace Leo Durocher: he watches but does not manage the game.
» May 6, 1947: Suspended manager Leo Durocher and his wife Lorraine Day are in the stands as the Dodgers win 7–6 over the Cards on a Pee Wee Reese home run. Robinson has two singles. The Dodgers have now won 10 of 11 while the Cards have lost 10 of 11.
» April 21, 1948:
Leo Durocher, back at the helm of the Dodgers after
a one-year suspension, uses 24 men in one game, a
9-5 loss to the Giants.
» July 16, 1948: There are three managerial changes today. Ben Chapman is fired by the Phillies (though owner Carpenter insists he was "not fired" saying "I'd like to make it clear that there is a difference between not firing a man and concluding business with him.") and Dusty Cooke takes over on an interim basis. Eddie Sawyer, with no ML experience as player or manager, will get the job after Cooke goes 8–6. But the big news is from New York. The Giants remove Mel Ott and replace him with Leo Durocher, who obtains his release from Brooklyn. The Dodgers bring back mild-mannered Burt Shotton who replaced Durocher once before. In a newspaper poll over the winter, an overwhelming majority voted for the gentlemanly Shotton to replace The Lip. The changes today portend those at the end of the season: Bucky Harris of the Yankees, Ted Lyons of the White Sox, and Steve O'Neill of the Tigers will be released.
» July 17, 1948: At Pittsburgh, a Bobby Thomson pinch single drives home the winning run in the Giants' managerial debut of Leo Durocher. The Giants win, 6–5, overcoming a three-run homer by Ralph Kiner.
» July 26, 1948:
Leo Durocher makes his 1st appearance at Ebbets Field since taking over the Giants, but a turnaway crowd is disappointed as the Dodgers lose, 13–4. Preacher Roe is the losing pitcher while Sheldon Jones takes the victory.
» January 12, 1949: The Giants are fined $2,000, and manager Leo Durocher, $500 for signing Fred Fitzsimmons as a coach while he was still under contract to the Braves. Fitz gets a $500 fine and a 30-day spring training suspension.
» April 28, 1949:
A New York fan charges Leo Durocher with assault
after the Giants lose 15-2 to Brooklyn. Commissioner
Chandler suspends Durocher but he is absolved on May
3rd. Chandler criticizes teams for lax security that
allows fans on the field.
» August 12, 1950: The Giants Eddie Stanky is banished by umpire Lon Warneke for refusing to stop waving his arms in an attempt to distract Phillies batter Andy Seminick. In the fourth, Stanky moves over behind 2B and goes into a windup the same time as the pitcher. Giants manager Leo Durocher had agreed to await a league ruling on the tactic, but after Seminick knocks Hank Thompson unconscious in a collision at 3B, Durocher turns Stanky loose. In the fourth, Seminick reaches base on an error, then on a force at 2B he puts a linebacker block on Bill Rigney, Stanky’s replacement, and both dugouts empty for a brawl. The Phils go on to win 5–4 in 11 innings, on Stan Lopata's triple and a sac fly by Waitkus. The Giants protest Stanky’s ouster to no avail.
» October 10, 1951: Hank Bauer's bases-loaded triple propels the Yankees to a 4–3 win and their 3rd straight championship. Just before the game, Leo Durocher turns over a letter he received to Ford Frick that offers the Giants manager a $15,000 bribe "if the Giants manage to lose the next three games."
» October 23, 1951:
The AP picks Giant manager Leo Durocher as Manager of the Year.
» April 24, 1952:
Leo Durocher charges that the umpires are ignoring
the "quick pitch" rule.
» May 14, 1952: Despite eight interruptions by Reds manager Luke Sewell asking the umps to examine the ball, Sal Maglie records his 6th straight win, 6–3, at the Polo Grounds. After the last play stoppage, an angry Maglie heaves the ball over the umps head, but manager Leo Durocher calms the sizzling Sal down. Bobby Thomson starts the scoring with a triple and a steal of home in the 1st.
» June 29, 1952:
The NL suspends manager Leo Durocher for four days for misconduct.
» August 18, 1952:
The NL suspends Leo Durocher for five days and fines him $100 for a row with an umpire.
» September 8, 1952:
An umpire ejects Giants P Larry Jansen for throwing
a beanball. Giants manager Leo Durocher is also suspended
and fined $100. Jansen is fined just $25
because of his "excellent conduct record." Brooklyn
splits the doubleheader, winning the opener 10-2
and losing the nightcap 3-2. The Dodger lead
stays at 5 games.
» September 6, 1953:
The feuding continues, as the Dodgers beat the Giants
6-3 but lose Carl Furillo, the NL's leading hitter
at .344, for the rest of the regular season. Furillo
is hit on the wrist by a Ruben Gomez pitch in the
2nd. With a 3-2 count on the next batter, Furillo
races from 1B into the dugout to swing at Leo Durocher.
In the melee, a Giants player steps on Furillo's left
hand, breaking a finger.
» September 24, 1955:
The Giants fail to renew manager Leo Durocher's contract.
He resigns and is replaced by Bill Rigney.
» June 14, 1960:
In Juarez, Mexico, actress Lorraine Day obtains a divorce from Leo Durocher. The two wed on January 20, 1947.
» January 9, 1961: Leo Durocher joins the Dodgers as 3B coach.
» March 22, 1962: A former Giant—requesting anonymity—reveals that Bobby Thomson's home run in the 1951 playoffs against the Dodgers was helped by a sign-stealing clubhouse spy. The spying is claimed to have gone on for the last three months of the season. Thomson, along with former manager Leo Durocher, vehemently deny that he received help, but a source close to the team confirms the spy operation.
» August 24, 1962: Dodger coach Leo Durocher suffers a near-fatal allergic reaction to a penicillin injection while in the clubhouse at the Polo Grounds before a game. An emergency intravenous injection of adrenaline saves his life.
» October 25, 1965: Leo Durocher becomes manager of the Cubs, replacing head coach Lou Klein (48-58).
» June 11, 1969: Maury Wills returns to Los Angeles with OF Manny Mota. IF Paul Popovich and OF Ron Fairly are traded to Montreal. The Expos then send Popovich to the Cubs for OF Adolfo Phillips and P Jack Lamabe. Adolfo, popular with his teammates shakes hands with everyone while leaving, except manager Leo Durocher.
» August 20, 1971: Ferguson Jenkins wins his 20th, beating Houston 3–2. The win pulls the Cubs to four 1/2 behind Pittsburgh. But following two losses to Houston, Leo Durocher and the players will square off in a clubhouse meeting on the 23rd. Durocher accuses Ron Santo of demanding that the team give him a day, and the third sacker has to be restrained from going after Leo. Leo will finally lip an "I quit," but stay on through the season in a frosty relationship with the team.
» September 3, 1971: Owner Phil Wrigley takes out newspaper ads criticizing the Cubs players who want to dump manager Leo Durocher. A postscript adds, "If we could only find more team players like Ernie Banks." Banks will play his last game on September 26th.
» July 25, 1972:
Cubs GM John Holland announces that Leo Durocher has stepped down as manager in favor of Whitey Lockman. Leo contends he was not fired, but has "stepped aside." The Astro will hire Durocher in late August to replace Harry Walker.
» August 26, 1972: Leo Durocher, formerly of the Cubs, replaces Harry Walker as manager of the Astros. It is only the 2nd time someone has managed two National League teams in the same season. The first was in 1948, when Durocher piloted the Dodgers and the Giants.
» March 20, 1976: Leo Durocher, hired to manage the Yokohama Taiyo Whales (Japanese League), is sick with hepatitis and asks for a 5-week delay in reporting. The Lip receives a telegram from the Whales stating: Since the championship starts in 20 days, it's better if you stay home and take care of yourself for the remainder of the season."
» March 1, 1988: For the first time since 1956 the Special Veterans Committee does not elect anyone to the Hall of Fame. Phil Rizzuto, Leo Durocher, Joe Gordon, and Gil Hodges are among the candidates passed over.
» February 25, 1994: The veterans committee elects Phil Rizzuto and Leo Durocher to baseball's Hall of Fame.
» July 31, 1994:
Steve Carlton, Leo Durocher, and Phil Rizzuto are inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame.