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Burt Shotton

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Burton Edwin Shotton

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 175 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Burt Shotton had a 14-year major league career as an outfielder, mostly in the dead-ball era, and then managed 11 seasons in the big leagues, including two pennant-winning Brooklyn Dodgers teams in the late 1940s.

Almost all of his major league playing career was spent in St. Louis, either with the Browns or with the Cardinals. His tendency to draw walks was of great value in the dead-ball era when hits were hard to come by.

He had a lifetime .271 average and stole 293 bases.

The most similar players to Shotton, according to the similarity scores method, are two outfielders who were well-known players a bit before him - Jimmy Slagle and Topsy Hartsel.

Shotton was a coach for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1923 to 1925, the Cincinnati Reds in 1934, and Cleveland Indians from 1942 to 1945.

As a manager, Shotton is best remembered for wearing street clothes in the dugout rather than a uniform. In 1947, he replaced Leo Durocher in Brooklyn after Commissioner Happy Chandler suspended Durocher for the entire season for "conduct detrimental to baseball" - notably, Leo's association with gamblers. Shotton was known for playing hunches and taking some surprising tactical risks (for example, when he had Al Gionfriddo steal second in Game 4 of the 1947 World Series, down 2-1 in the 9th inning).

New York Daily News sportswriter Dick Young gave him the sardonic nickname "Kindly Old Burt Shotton" (reduced to the acronym KOBS).

David Gough wrote a book called Burt Shotton, Dodgers Manager: A Baseball Biography.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • AL At Bats Leader (1916)
  • 2-time AL Bases on Balls Leader (1913 & 1916)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1913)
  • NL Pennants: 2 (1947 & 1949)

Preceded by
Stuffy McInnis
Philadelphia Phillies Manager
Succeeded by
Jimmie Wilson
Preceded by
Clyde Sukeforth
Brooklyn Dodgers Manager
Succeeded by
Leo Durocher
Preceded by
Leo Durocher
Brooklyn Dodgers Manager
Succeeded by
Chuck Dressen

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1926 Syracuse Stars International League 70-91 7th St. Louis Cardinals
1927 Syracuse Stars International League 102-66 2ndh St. Louis Cardinals none
1928 Philadelphia Phillies National League 43-109 8th Philadelphia Phillies
1929 Philadelphia Phillies National League 71-82 5th Philadelphia Phillies
1930 Philadelphia Phillies National League 52-102 8th Philadelphia Phillies
1931 Philadelphia Phillies National League 66-88 6th Philadelphia Phillies
1932 Philadelphia Phillies National League 78-76 4th Philadelphia Phillies
1933 Philadelphia Phillies National League 60-92 7th Philadelphia Phillies
1934 Cincinnati Reds National League 1-0 -- Cincinnati Reds interim manager between Bob O'Farrell (30-60)
and Chuck Dressen on July 28
1935 Rochester Red Wings International League 43-64 7th St. Louis Cardinals replaced Eddie Dyer June 5
1936 Columbus Red Birds American Association 76-78 6th St. Louis Cardinals
1937 Columbus Red Birds American Association 90-64 1st St. Louis Cardinals League Champs
1938 Columbus Red Birds American Association 64-89 7th St. Louis Cardinals
1939 Columbus Red Birds American Association 62-92 7th St. Louis Cardinals
1940 Columbus Red Birds American Association 90-60 2nd St. Louis Cardinals Lost in 1st round
1941 Columbus Red Birds American Association 95-58 1st St. Louis Cardinals League Champs
1947 Brooklyn Dodgers National League 92-60 1st Brooklyn Dodgers Lost World Series replaced Clyde Sukeforth (2-0) on April 18
1948 Brooklyn Dodgers National League 48-33 3rd Brooklyn Dodgers replaced Leo Durocher (35-37) and Ray Blades (1-0) on July 16
1949 Brooklyn Dodgers National League 97-57 1st Brooklyn Dodgers Lost World Series
1950 Brooklyn Dodgers National League 89-65 2nd Brooklyn Dodgers

Further Reading[edit]

  • Kevin Cook: Electric October: Seven World Series Games, Six Lives, Five Minutes of Fame That Lasted Forever, Henry Holt and Co., Macmillan, New York, NY, 2017. ISBN 9781250116567

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