from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Durocher, Leo Ernest 1905-1991. American baseball player and manager remembered for his toughness and his dictum "Nice guys finish last.”


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  • The incident in St. Louis angered Mays so much that he called Durocher, who told him there was nothing Willie could do but accept it.


  • Marghuerite saw how upset Willie was and, after spring training, she called Durocher, even though they had never met.


  • Stoneham smiled and called Durocher at his home in Los Angeles.


  • Heath wasn’t about to call Durocher, who had a short fuse in the best of circumstances.


  • He was speaking during the sentencing hearing for Stéphane Durocher, an Ottawa-area man who pleaded guilty in June to two counts of possessing child pornography.

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  • The old Giants skipper Leo Durocher once said, "Nice guys finish last."

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  • We didn't hear much about Mickey Mantle's boozing, but Leo Durocher played cards with reporters during train travel.

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  • Leo Durocher, about as opposite to Bobby Doerr in personality as anyone could be, once responded to an observation that someone was a nice guy, forging an expression that would bring Durocher a certain measure of immortality: "Nice guys finish last."

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  • Durocher was talking about the Dodger's subway rivalry back in the middle of the twentieth century with that other hometown team, the New York Giants, but his words have since taken on a larger significance.

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  • The aphorism "Nice guys finish last," is attributed to Leo Durocher, the feisty manager of the old Brooklyn Dodgers.

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