October 18th, 2012

Burt Shotton

October 18, 1884 – Future Dodger manager Burt Shotton is born in Brownhelm, OH. Shotton was a Major League outfielder with the Browns, Cardinals and Senators from 1909-23. But he is best known as the last manager in history not to wear a uniform in the dugout. In 1947, Dodgers manager Leo Durocher was suspended for one year by Commissioner Happy Chandler. Team president Branch Rickey called Shotton, who agreed to the job but told Rickey he wasn’t going to wear a uniform at age 62. Clyde Sukeforth managed the Dodgers in the first four games (Jackie Robinson’s first MLB manager), and Shotton guided the Dodgers the rest of the way to the 1947 pennant. Durocher returned in 1948, but Rickey allowed him to switch to the Giants during the season and Shotton was brought back. Shotton remained with Brooklyn through 1950 and he compiled a 326-215 record, including pennants in 1947 and 1949.