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Leo Durocher - Defends Robinson

bklyn stl cin dodgers

The 1947 season was a watershed one for both Durocher and the Dodgers. It was the year that Jackie Robinson, the first black player in the modern major leagues, was called up to the Brooklyn club. As former Dodger broadcaster Red Barber has noted in his book 1947: When All Hell Broke Loose in Baseball, the Dodgers' general manager, Branch Rickey, knew that he could count on Durocher's support in calling up Robinson. "Rickey knew Durocher would fight for Robinson," Barber wrote. "… The rest of the league would be against the black man. Leo relished such a fight."

During spring training in 1947, the Dodgers were playing an exhibition series in Panama. Durocher was alerted to a petition that had been drawn up by a group of Dodger players who were opposed to the call-up of Robinson and who, refusing to play with Robinson because of his race, indicated they would rather be traded. Durocher said he would play an elephant "if he can do the job" and that anyone who did not want play with Robinson could take off his uniform and leave the team, putting an end to the uprising. "This fellow is a great ballplayer," Durocher added. "He's going to win pennants for us. He's going to put money in your pockets and money in mine."

Career Statistics

Yr Team AVG GP AB R H HR RBI BB SO SB E
Bklyn: Brooklyn Dodgers; Cin: Cincinnati Reds; NY-A: New York Yankees; StL-N: St. Louis Cardinals. Managed, but did not play, in 1942 and 1944 seasons.
1925 NY-A .000 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1928 NY-A .270 102 296 46 80 0 31 22 52 1 25
1929 NY-A .246 106 341 53 84 0 32 34 33 3 23
1930 Cin .243 119 354 31 86 3 32 20 45 0 24
1931 Cin .227 121 361 26 82 1 29 18 32 0 20
1932 Cin .217 143 457 43 99 1 33 36 40 3 30
1933 Cin .216 16 51 6 11 1 3 4 5 0 5
StL-N .258 123 395 45 102 2 41 26 32 3 24
1934 StL-N .260 146 500 62 130 3 70 33 40 2 33
1935 StL-N .265 143 513 62 136 8 78 29 46 4 28
1936 StL-N .286 136 510 57 146 1 58 29 47 3 21
1937 StL-N .203 135 477 46 97 1 47 38 36 6 28
1938 Bklyn .219 141 479 41 105 1 56 47 30 3 24
1939 Bklyn .277 116 390 42 108 1 34 27 24 2 25
1940 Bklyn .231 62 160 10 37 1 14 12 13 1 11
1941 Bklyn .286 18 42 2 12 0 6 1 3 0 4
1943 Bklyn .222 6 18 1 4 0 1 1 2 0 0
1945 Bklyn .200 2 5 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0
TOTAL .247 1637 5350 575 1320 24 567 377 480 31 325
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