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Quotes of the day: Leo Durocher

Published Sunday, July 26, 2015 @ 1:15 PM EDT
Jul 26 2015

Leo Ernest Durocher (July 27, 1905 – October 7, 1991), nicknamed Leo the Lip, was an American professional baseball player and manager. He played in Major League Baseball as an infielder. Upon his retirement, he ranked fifth all-time among managers with 2,009 career victories, second only to John McGraw in National League history. Durocher still ranks tenth in career wins by a manager. A controversial and outspoken character, Durocher had a stormy career dogged by clashes with authority, umpires (his 95 career ejections as a manager trailed only McGraw when he retired, and still rank fourth on the all-time list), and the press. Durocher was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


As long as I've got a chance to beat you I'm going to take it.

Baseball is like church. Many attend. Few understand.

God watches over drunks and third baseman.

How you play the game is for college ball. When you're playing for money, winning is the only thing that matters.

I believe in rules. Sure I do. If there weren't any rules, how could you break them?

I've never questioned the integrity of an umpire. Their eyesight, yes.

If you don't win, you're going to be fired. If you do win, you've only put off the day you're going to be fired.

Nice guys finish last.

Show me a good loser and I'll show you an idiot.

Show me a good sportsman and I'll show you a player I'm looking to trade.

Today a pitcher gets fined if the umpire thinks he threw at a batter. In the olden days, the umpire didn't have to take any courses in mind reading. The pitcher told you he was going to throw at you.

What are we at the park for except to win? I'd trip my mother. I'd help her up, brush her off, tell her I'm sorry. But mother don't make it to third.

Win any way you can as long as you can get away with it.

You argue with the umpire because there is nothing else you can do about it.

You don't save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain.


(July 27 is also the birthday of Hilaire Belloc.)

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