Nice Guys Finish Last

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  • Copyright: 2009-09-08
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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The History of Baseball is rife with colorful characters. But for sheer cantankerousness, fighting moxie, and will to win, very few have come close to Leo "the Lip" Durocher. Following a five-decade career as a player and manager for baseball's most storied franchises, Durocher teamed up with veteran sportswriter Ed Linn to tell the story of his life in the game. The result is baseball at its best.

Author Biography

Leo Durocher (1905–91) spent nearly fifty years in the major leagues as a player and manager. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994. Ed Linn (1922–2000) was the author of seventeen books, including Veeck--As in Wreck.

Table of Contents

The Good Old Days
I Come to Kill Youp. 11
The Drummer Boyp. 27
Strong Minds and Weak Backsp. 44
"What If It Doesn't Rain?"p. 64
The Gas House Gangp. 81
The Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgersp. 116
The First Pennant in 21 Yearsp. 138
The Second Guess-the Great National Pastimep. 158
The Ballad of Van Lingle Mungop. 165
I Once Won an Argument with an Umpirep. 180
The Days of Trial and Glory
Jackiep. 203
Mr. Rickeyp. 213
A Night Flight to Columbusp. 225
A Hamfat Politician Named Happyp. 236
Hello Horace, Goodbye Ebbets Fieldp. 269
My Kind of Teamp. 287
How to Become a Miracle Managerp. 299
The Eye-talian Street Singer and a Couple of Other Heavy Hittersp. 324
The New Breed
How I Didn't Become Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, Etceterap. 335
Something Good Is Going to Happen Tomorrowp. 348
Mister Cubp. 362
The Santo Explosionp. 375
It Can't Be Happening to Me Againp. 394
The Diminishing Managerp. 410
Whatever Happened to Sit Down, Shut Up and Listen?p. 425
Indexp. 439
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