Leo Durocher: Baseball's Prodigal Son

Bloomsbury Pr. Mar. 2017. 304p. photos. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781632863119. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781632863126. SPORTS
A three-time All-Star and four-time World Series champion, Leo Durocher (1905–91)was a famous shortstop and renowned manager. Few have matched the mark he left in the history of baseball. "Leo the Lip" was confident, gaudy, and courageous. His spirit is brilliantly captured in this well-researched and thoroughly examined biography by Dickson (Bill Veeck), encompassing the personal and professional life of this legendary infielder. Durocher was one of the most prominent figures in the game for over 40 years, and Dickson brilliantly points out some of the player's greatest moments as well as his worst. As a player and especially as a manager, many fans would come to see Durocher in action, a true testament of his character. From his relationship with Branch Rickey in the racially charged 1940s to his hectic private life, Durocher's world was an enthralling one.
VERDICT A fascinating look into the life and times of Leo Durocher, recommended for fans of the golden age of baseball.
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