As a player, Leo Durocher
was known as a light-hitting, slick-fielding infielder who managed to
fashion a 20 year, four team (New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis
Cardinals and Brooklyn Dodgers) career that included two World Series
appearances (1928 and 1934).
It was as a manager, however, that Durocher
truly left an indelible mark on the game. Over a span of 34 years and
four teams (1939-1973), Durocher managed a total of 22 seasons with
a passion for winning perhaps unequaled in baseball history. Though
remembered best for three things (coining the phrase "Nice guys finish
and cultivating the immense talents of Willie Mays, and managing the
Giants to the 1954 World Series championship), Durocher will go down
in baseball lore as a fierce competitor who richly deserved his nomination
to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994.