Wednesday, November 11, 2009

#1 Leo Durocher

Leo Durocher played 17 years in the major leagues before becoming one of the game's legendary managers. After playing for the Dodgers, Reds, Yankees and Cardinals, Durocher won over 2000 games a manager, winning 3 pennants and one World Series title (1954 with the New York Giants).
Durocher was one of the more recognizable faces in baseball during his managing career, landing cameos as himself on popular TV shows like "Mister Ed" and "The Munsters." You can even see him crooning along with Judy Garland here.

He finished his managing career with a short stint in Houston in 1972 and 1973, and managed the Taiheiyo Lions in Japan in 1976 before retiring for good. He was married four times, and died in 1991 at the age of 86. He was elected posthumously to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994, an honor he deserved in life.

The Autograph: Most posthumously-elected Hall of Famer's find their autographs priced at a premium, but Durocher was always a willing signer, both in person and through the mail, and his autograph is not rare. One can be found in the 20 dollar range for a signed card. I got this card through the mail in the mid-80's.

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