The Man in the Dugout: Fifteen Big League Managers Speak Their Minds

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BOBBY BRAGAN

ROBERT RANDALL BRAGAN Born: October 30, 1917, Birmingham, Alabama Managerial career: Pittsburgh Pirates, 1956-57; Cleveland Indians, 1958; Milwaukee-Atlanta Braves, 1963-66

Versatile as a ballplayer, Bobby Bragan was colorful and innovative as a manager. After a playing career that saw service with the Philadelphia Phillies and the Brooklyn Dodgers, Bragan went on to manage three major league clubs. He later became president of the Texas League and is now president of the National Association.

I was with the Dodgers in 1947 when Jackie Robinson was promoted from Montreal. This was a big moment--the first black player in the big leagues. Branch Hickey had laid an awful lot of groundwork in getting ready for it. He'd spent countless hours with Jackie, readying him to accept all the abuse and name-calling that he knew was going to come Jackie's way.

In spring training there were newspaper stories about some of the southern boys on the Dodgers not wanting to play on the same team with a black man. So Mr. Rickey asked several of them to come to his quarters to talk, one at a time. I was one of them. I was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, which I suppose is just about as southern as you can get. When I walked into the room, the only other person present besides Mr. Rickey was Arthur Mann, a writer and a very good friend of his. Mr. Rickey came right to the point.

"I understand that there's a conspiracy going on around here to get Robinson off the club and that you're part of it."

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Introduction 3
  • 1 - Bobby Bragan 7
  • 2 - Burleigh Grimes 30
  • 3 - Eddie Sawyer 59
  • 4 - Joe Mccarthy 80
  • 5 - Walter Alston 96
  • 6 - Paul Richards 118
  • 7 - Ossie Bluege 144
  • 8 - Bob Shawkey 166
  • 9 - Al Lopez 180
  • 10 - Dick Williams 198
  • 11 - Roger Peckinpaugh 212
  • 12 - Mayo Smith 230
  • 13 - Billy Herman 241
  • 14- Luke Sewell 256
  • 15 - Jimmy Dykes 274
  • Appendix: Statistics 297
  • Index 335
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