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

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PAUL RICHARDS

PAUL RAPIER RICHARDS

Born: November 21, 1908, Waxahachie, Texas

Managerial career: Chicago White Sox, 1951-54; Baltimore Orioles, 1955-61; Chicago White Sox, 1976.

After a playing career that included service with the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants, Philadelphia Athletics, and the Detroit Tigers, Paul Richards turned to managing and soon developed a reputation as one of baseball's keenest and most respected minds. After being out of uniform for fifteen years, Richards returned to the field as manager of the Chicago White Sox for the 1976 season.

As far back as I can remember, the only thing I ever wanted to do was play baseball. My father was a schoolteacher, so I was taught pretty early on to read, and my favorite reading was the box scores and accounts of ball games that came down with the Dallas newspapers.

I started out as a third baseman and pitcher in high school. Strangely enough, I was an ambidextrous pitcher and actually did some ambidextrous pitching in professional ball at Macon, Georgia, and Muskogee, Oklahoma. At Macon, in 1930, our club had a few of its catchers get hurt, and there was a call for volunteers to go behind the plate. I volunteered and all of a sudden I'm a catcher, and I stayed a catcher for the rest of my career.

I played on a high school team that won 65 consecutive games. Naturally that attracted some attention. So a bird-dog scout from Dallas came down to Waxahachie to see us play. He went back and called the Brooklyn Dodgers and spoke to Wilbert Robinson,

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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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