Leo Durocher managed the Cubs from 1966 to 1972, around the time the Cubs were getting good while the White Sox were hitting the skids. Before that, he had a distinguished career as a player and manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants. I think part of the reason the Cubs got so much better was because of Leo.
A friend of mine, Pete Kastanes, who has a number of pages on Facebook and a few accounts on Instagram, found the cover of an old TV magazine from the Chicago American from April 1966, when both the White Sox and Cubs had new managers. Eddie Stanky is the face on the left, Leo is the face on the right.
Eddie played for the Giants when Leo was manager of the Giants, and both were present the day Bobby Thompson hit the “shot heard ’round the world” to give the Giants the 1951 National League pennant.
At about 0:35, after the home run, you see a guy in a dark jacket (toward the bottom of the screen) running from right to left. That’s Eddie. Leo is #2, coaching at third base. At 0:45 seconds, Eddie grabs hold of Leo and won’t let go. Leo barely gets a chance to congratulate Thompson and can’t break loose from Eddie…
Leo earned the nickname “Leo the Lip” because he had a habit of having loud confrontations with umpires, some of which got him thrown out of games. Not as often as Bobby Cox, but often enough.
One of Hanna-Barbera’s lesser-known cartoons, which came out in the mid-’60’s, was “Lippy the Lion and Hardy Har Har.” Lippy, obviously, was a lion, and Hardy Har Har was a morose hyena.
Parents didn’t like Lippy because his catchphrase, spoken at least once per cartoon, was “aw, SHUT UP!” A few YouTube users have turned it into a meme…
Stream of Conscious Saturday is brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. Now a word about Vel dishwashing powder. It’s marVELous!