Friday, June 11, 2010

eBay: Celebrating the Pennant

Former Brooklyn Dodger President Larry MacPhail celebrates the Dodgers 1941 pennant win on September 30, 1941. The Dodgers first in 21 years. He exclaimed, "God's in his heaven and all's right with the world." Soon thereafter, Larry fired manager Leo Durocher for ordering the train to skip a stop at the 125th Street Station on the teams way home while MacPhail and a jubilant crowd awaited their arrival. Of course, he claimed to not have remembered the incident- no doubt due to his drunken stupor at the time- and quickly rehired him.

MacPhail was an important executive in Baseball and the Dodgers. While in Cincinnati he ushered in night Baseball, the first televised game in 1939 and commercial flying for teams between games. In Brooklyn, the Dodgers made a profit for the first time in its history, and he was the man who brought Red Barber, Vin Scully's mentor, to the fans. The signing of Babe Ruth was also under his watch. Other achievements as a Baseball executive include the first "Old-Timers" game, daily televised game broadcast, establishing a pension fund for employees among all levels of the organization, introduced the season ticket plan & stadium clubs, and batting helmets.

Dodger manager Leo Durocher once said of him, "there is a thin line between genius and insanity, and in Larry's case it was sometimes so thin you could see him drifting back and forth."

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