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William Harrison Southworth

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 170 lb.

Inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2008

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Billy Southworth, who was named to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 2007, was a major league player for 13 seasons and also a major league manager for 13 seasons. As a player, he was above average, while as a manager he had a notable .597 winning percentage, and won the pennant four times. Two of the wartime teams he managed won the World Series.

As a hitter, he led the league in triples in 1919, and slugged .552 in the 1926 World Series, which his 1926 St. Louis Cardinals won. The similarity scores method shows the most similar hitter as another player famous as a manager, Casey Stengel. Southworth and Stengel were traded for each other (along with other players) in November 1923.

The father of Billy Southworth Jr. and cousin of Bill Southworth, outfielder Billy Southworth was player/manager with the St. Louis Cardinals for part of the 1929 season. He managed in the minors for one season with the Rochester Red Wings before making his debut as a major league manager, and then went back to Rochester as a manager where his teams won three consecutive pennants.

Southworth hoisted by the team after they win the pennant in 1942.

He was a member of the New York Giants coaching staff in 1933 before managing the Cardinals again from 1940 to 1945. He was then skipper of the Boston Braves from 1946 to 1951. In 1947 he was named as part of the inaugural class of the International League Hall of Fame. Southworth then scouted for the Braves from 1952 to 1956 and the Brooklyn/LA Dodgers from 1957 to 1960.

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Preceded by
Bill McKechnie
St. Louis Cardinals Manager
1929
Succeeded by
Bill McKechnie
Preceded by
Mike Gonzalez
St. Louis Cardinals Manager
1940-1945
Succeeded by
Eddie Dyer
Preceded by
Del Bissonette
Boston Braves Manager
1946-1949
Succeeded by
Johnny Cooney
Preceded by
Johnny Cooney
Boston Braves Manager
1950-1951
Succeeded by
Tommy Holmes

[edit] Year-By-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1928 Rochester Red Wings International League 90-74 1st St. Louis Cardinals League Champs
1929 St. Louis Cardinals National League 43-45 -- St. Louis Cardinals replaced by Gabby Street on July 23
Rochester Red Wings International League 43-23 1st St. Louis Cardinals League Champs replaced Bill McKechnie (60-38) on July 23
1930 Rochester Red Wings International League 105-62 1st St. Louis Cardinals League Champs
1931 Rochester Red Wings International League 101-67 1st St. Louis Cardinals League Champs
1932 Rochester Red Wings International League 43-45 -- St. Louis Cardinals replaced by Specs Toporcer on July 10
Columbus Red Birds American Association 42-25 2nd St. Louis Cardinals none replaced Nemo Leibold (46-42)
1935 Asheville Tourists Piedmont League 75-62 1st St. Louis Cardinals Lost League Finals
1936 Asheville Tourists Piedmont League 29-59 -- St. Louis Cardinals -- replaced on July 18
Memphis Chicks Southern Association 21-35 8th New York Giants replaced Fred Hofmann on July 20
1937 Memphis Chicks Southern Association 88-64 2nd none Lost in 1st round
1938 Memphis Chicks Southern Association 77-75 4th none Lost in 1st round
1939 Rochester Red Wings International League 84-67 2nd St. Louis Cardinals League Champs
1940 Rochester Red Wings International League 31-13 -- St. Louis Cardinals -- replaced by Estel Crabtree on June 6
St. Louis Cardinals National League 69-40 3rd St. Louis Cardinals replaced Mike Gonzalez (1-5) on June 14
1941 St. Louis Cardinals National League 97-56 2nd St. Louis Cardinals
1942 St. Louis Cardinals National League 106-48 1st St. Louis Cardinals World Series Champs
1943 St. Louis Cardinals National League 105-49 1st St. Louis Cardinals Lost World Series
1944 St. Louis Cardinals National League 105-49 1st St. Louis Cardinals World Series Champs
1945 St. Louis Cardinals National League 95-59 2nd St. Louis Cardinals
1946 Boston Braves National League 81-72 4th Boston Braves
1947 Boston Braves National League 86-68 3rd Boston Braves
1948 Boston Braves National League 91-62 1st Boston Braves Lost World Series
1949 Boston Braves National League 55-54 -- Boston Braves replaced by Johnny Cooney on August 16
1950 Boston Braves National League 83-71 4th Boston Braves
1951 Boston Braves National League 28-31 -- Boston Braves replaced by Tommy Holmes on June 20

[edit] Further Reading

  • John C. Skipper: Billy Southworth: A Biography of the Hall of Fame Manager and Ballplayer, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2013. ISBN 978-0-7864-6847-8

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