Monday, June 27, 2011

Daily Conlon: 82 through 90

Here are the Daily Conlon cards numbered 82 through 90.

Billy Southworth, located on the bottom row at the center, is a Hall of Fame manager who went on to lead two St. Louis Cardinals clubs to World Series championships. He was noted for his strict adherence to the fundamentals of Baseball. Billy played small ball, he bunted, moved players over, and platooned. Southworth also had incredible instincts for the game.
"Watch this guy. He will do things you won’t believe and they will work for him," said Clint Conaster. For instance, he would take a guy off the bench hitting about .150 like Bob Sturgeon [whose ’48 batting average was .218] and he would deliver a clutch base hit. He just had a gut feeling about the right thing to do in that situation. The moves he would make would work for him--all the time, not occasionally. Leo Durocher was the same way. I don’t know what it is. It’s like some guys can pick horses out of nowhere. Southworth was a genius like that on the diamond."

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