Durocher managed 4 Major League Baseball teams including the Chicago Cubs, the Houston Astros, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants.
Durocher played and managed in the first televised Major League Baseball game on August 26, 1939 between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds.
Durocher was an outstanding pool player who once won a celebrity pool tournament by defeating actor William Hopper in the championship round.
Durocher was reputed to have been friends with mobster Bugsy Siegel.
Durocher is buried in Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles.
His memoir was entitled Nice Guys Finish Last after his most famous quote.
Durocher was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994 three years after his death.
Durocher's managerial record was 2008 wins against 1709 losses for a winning percentage of .540.
Durocher feuded with star player Ernie Banks while managing the Chicago Cubs.
Durocher was suspended from baseball for the 1947 season by Commissioner Happy Chandler for associating with unsavory characters off the field.
Durocher became an ogre to Brooklyn Dodger fans in 1948 when he left the team in mid-season to manage the arch-rival New York Giants.
Durocher had the reputation during his playing days of being one of the best fielding shortstops in the major leagues.
Durocher hit 24 home runs and drove in 567 runs during his playing career.
Durocher had a career batting average of .247.
Durocher was released by the New York Yankees after Babe Ruth accused him of stealing his watch.
New York Yankees teammate Babe Ruth nicknamed Durocher "the All-American Out."
Durocher's only world championship as a manager was with the New York Giants in 1954.
Durocher played himself on episodes of Mr. Ed, The Munsters, Jack Benny, and The Beverly Hillbillies.
Durocher feuded with Jackie Robinson for many years after he became manager of the New York Giants.
Durocher's favorite player out of all those he managed was Willie Mays.
As a player, Durocher was a member of two world championship teams: the Noo Yawk Yankees in 1928 and the St. Louis Cardinals in 1934.
Durocher was close friends with actor George Raft.
Durocher was fired as manager of the New York Giants after the 1955 season because he made derogatory comments about owner Horace Stoneham at a banquet.
As a manager, Durocher won one pennant with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1941 and two with the New York Giants in 1951 and 1954.
Cubs player Ron Santo reportedly once punched out manager Durocher in the clubhouse.
The Sporting News named Durocher their baseball manager of the year in 1939, 1951, and 1954.
Durocher's family was of French Canadian descent. No English was spoken in his household growing up.
Durocher retired from baseball after managing the Houston Astros for the 1973 season because he felt he could no longer relate to modern players.
Durocher served as third base coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1961 to 1964.
Durocher worked as a commentator on the NBC Game of the Week from 1956 to 1960.
Durocher had one son named Chris with second wife Laraine Day.
Durocher was married three times: to Grace Dozier from 1934 to 1938, to Laraine Day from 1947 to 1960, and to Lynne Goldblatt from 1969 to 1981. All three marriages ended in divorce.
Durocher: If I were playing third base and my mother were rounding third with the run that was going to beat us, I'd trip her. Oh, I'd pick her up and brush her off and say, 'Sorry, Mom,' but nobody beats me.
Durocher: How you play the game is for college ball. When you're playing for money, winning is the only thing that matters.
Durocher: Give me some scratching, diving, hungry ballplayers who come to kill you.
Durocher: Buy a steak for a player on another club after the game, but don't even speak to him on the field. Get out there and beat them to death.
Durocher: As long as I've got a chance to beat you I'm going to take it.
Durocher: Nice guys finish last.
Durocher: If you don't win, you're going to be fired. If you do win, you've only put off the day you're going to be fired.
Durocher: I come to win.
Durocher: God watches over drunks and third baseman.