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Nice Guys Finish Last

Perhaps best remembered for declaring that “Nice guys finish last,” Leo Durocher is notable for many more things than just that. He was the roommate of Babe Ruth with the New York Yankees “Murderers Row” team. As their shortstop, he won a World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals “Gas House Gang.” As manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, he tutored his replacement at shortstop, Pee Wee Reese, made a rookie named Jackie Robinson his first baseman, and named Roy Campanella his catcher. Then he managed against the Dodgers when Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” defeated them in baseball’s most famous playoff game. Leo Durocher won 2,008 games as a major league manager to gain his place in the Hall of Fame.