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Charles Walter Dressen (September 20, 1898August 10, 1966) - alternatively nicknamed "Chuck" or "Charlie" - was an American third baseman, manager and coach in Major League Baseball during a career that lasted almost 50 years, but he is best known as the manager of the powerful Brooklyn Dodgers of 1951-53. Indeed, Dressen's "schooling" of a young baseball writer is one of the most colorful themes in Roger Kahn's classic memoir, The Boys of Summer. Jump to: navigation, search September 20 is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1898 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search August 10 is the 222nd day of the year (223rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1966 was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... The position of the third baseman A third baseman, abbreviated 3B, is the player in the sport of baseball whose responsibility is to defend the area nearest to third base, the third of four bases a baserunner must touch in a counterclockwise succession in order to score a run. ... Jump to: navigation, search In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager; this individual controls matters of team strategy on the field and team leadership. ... In the baseball game, the coach is a member of the team at bat stationed near first or third base to signal and direct the runners and batters. ... Jump to: navigation, search MLB logo Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... Jump to: navigation, search Major league affiliations National League (1890-present) West Division (1969-present) American Association (1884-1889) Major league titles World Series titles (6) 1988 â€¢ 1981 â€¢ 1965 â€¢ 1963 1959 â€¢ 1955 NL Pennants (21) 1988 â€¢ 1981 â€¢ 1978 â€¢ 1977 1974 â€¢ 1966 â€¢ 1965 â€¢ 1963 1959 â€¢ 1956 â€¢ 1955 â€¢ 1953 1952 â€¢ 1949 â€¢ 1947... Roger Kahn (born 1927 in Brooklyn, New York) is one of Americas most prominent writers about sport - especially baseball. ... The Boys of Summer is a book by Roger Kahn, recounting the history of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team up to their victory in the 1955 World Series, and tracking the lives of the players over the subsequent years as they aged. ...


Born in Decatur, Illinois, Dressen was a veteran baseball man when he took the reins in Brooklyn after the 1950 season. He had been a third baseman for the Cincinnati Reds (1925-31) and a late-season utilityman for the 1933 New York Giants, batting .272 in 646 games. After a successful minor league managerial debut with the Nashville Vols of the Southern Association, Dressen was called to Cincinnati to manage the last-place Reds on July 18, 1934. The Reds would rise as high as fifth place under him, in 1936, but when they fell back into the basement the following season, Dressen was fired. Decatur is a city located in Macon County, Illinois USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 81,860, but a 2003 estimate showed the population dipped to 79,285. ... See also: 1949 in sports, 1951 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Bill Rexford AAA Racing: Henry Banks won the series championship Johnnie Parsons won the Indianapolis 500 Formula One Champion: The first World Championship for drivers under the jurisdiction of the Fédération... Jump to: navigation, search Major league affiliations National League (1890-present) Central Division (1994-present) West Division (1969-1993) American Association (1882-1889) Major league titles World Series titles (5) 1990 â€¢ 1976 â€¢ 1975 â€¢ 1940 1919 NL Pennants (9) 1990 â€¢ 1976 â€¢ 1975 â€¢ 1972 1970 â€¢ 1961 â€¢ 1940 â€¢ 1939 1919 AA Pennants (1... See also: 1932 in sports, 1934 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball New York Giants defeat Washington Senators in the World Series, 4-1. ... Jump to: navigation, search Major league affiliations National League (1883-present) West Division (1969-present) Major league titles World Series titles (5) 1954 â€¢ 1933 â€¢ 1922 â€¢ 1921 1905 NL Pennants (20) 2002 â€¢ 1989 â€¢ 1962 â€¢ 1954 1951 â€¢ 1937 â€¢ 1936 â€¢ 1933 1924 â€¢ 1923 â€¢ 1922 â€¢ 1921 1917 â€¢ 1913 â€¢ 1912 â€¢ 1911 1905 â€¢ 1904 â€¢ 1889 â€¢ 1888... The Nashville Vols were a team in American minor league baseball based in Nashville, Tennessee. ... The Southern Association was a higher-level minor league in American organized baseball from 1902 through 1961. ... See also: 1935 in sports, 1937 in sports and the list of years in sports. Events May 12: Jockey Ralph Neves was involved in a racing accident at Bay Meadows Racetrack in San Mateo, California and mistakenly pronounced dead. ...


Despite his poor won-loss record, Dressen made a valuable ally in Cincinnati in the Reds’ mercurial general manager, Larry MacPhail. A year after MacPhail took over the Dodgers in 1938, he named fiery shortstop Leo Durocher player-manager and Dressen as his third base coach. Under MacPhail and Durocher, the Dodgers became a hard-playing pennant contender, winning Brooklyn's third NL pennant of the modern era in 1941. But when MacPhail resigned in October 1942 to rejoin the armed forces and was succeeded by Branch Rickey, Dressen was fired from Durocher’s staff – reportedly because he refused to eschew betting on horses. He was on the sidelines for the first three months of the 1943 season before being rehired by the Dodgers that July. The general manager in the sense contemplated in this article is the executive of a professional sports team responsible primarily for acquiring the rights to player personnel, negotiation of their contracts and reassignment or dismissal of players no longer desired on the team. ... Leland Stanford Larry MacPhail, Sr. ... See also: 1937 in sports, 1939 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball World Series: New York Yankees defeat the Chicago Cubs, 4-0. ... The position of the shortstop A shortstop moves to his left, toward the center of the field, to play a ground ball Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and third base. ... Leo Ernest Durocher (July 27, 1905 - October 7, 1991), nicknamed Leo the Lip, was an American infielder and manager in Major League Baseball. ... See also: 1940 in sports, 1942 in sports and the list of years in sports. Many sporting events did not take place because of World War II. Baseball The New York Yankees won the World Series, beating the Brooklyn Dodgers by 4 games to 1. ... Wesley Branch Rickey (December 20, 1881 - December 9, 1965) was an innovative Major League Baseball executive who is best known for helping break baseballs color barrier and creating the framework to the modern minor league farm system. ... See also: 1942 in sports, 1944 in sports and the list of years in sports. Many sporting events did not take place because of World War II. Baseball World Series: New York Yankees defeats St. ...


When the Second World War ended, MacPhail returned to baseball as a part owner and general manager of the New York Yankees. Following the 1946 season, he raided the Dodger coaching staff, signing Dressen and Red Corriden as aides under his new manager, Bucky Harris, and causing hard feelings between the Yankee and Dodger front offices. Jump to: navigation, search World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrinations, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons such as the atom bomb. ... Jump to: navigation, search The New York Yankees are a Major League baseball team based in The Bronx, New York City. ... John Michael Corriden (September 4, 1887, Logansport, Indiana - September 28, 1959, Indianapolis, Indiana) was a player, coach, manager and scout in American Major League Baseball. ... Stanley Raymond Bucky Harris (November 8, 1896 - November 8, 1977) was a Major League Baseball player, manager and executive. ...


When MacPhail quit after the Yankees' 1947 world championship (gained at Brooklyn’s expense) and Harris was sacked after the following season, Dressen was forced to move on. He was manager of the Oakland Oaks of the AAA Pacific Coast League in 1949-50 and his teams finished second and first, winning 104 and 118 games. Simultaneously, a power struggle for control of the Dodgers ended in Walter O'Malley forcing Rickey out of the Brooklyn front office. When O'Malley fired Rickey confidante Burt Shotton as manager in the autumn of 1950, he gave the big job to Dressen. The 1947 World Series matched the New York Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers, with the Yankees winning the Series in 7 games for their first title since 1943, and the 11th championship in team history. ... There have been two sports franchises based in Oakland known as the Oakland Oaks: The Oakland Oaks of minor league baseball, who played in the Pacific Coast League. ... The Pacific Coast League (PCL) is a minor league baseball league operating in the West and Midwest of the United States. ... Walter Francis OMalley (1903-1979) circa 1940-1950 Walter Francis OMalley (October 9, 1903 - August 9, 1979) was an American sports executive who owned the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers team in Major League Baseball from 1950 to 1979. ... Burton Edwin Shotton (October 18, 1884 - July 29, 1962) was an American player, manager, coach and scout in Major League Baseball. ...


The Dodgers charged into first place early in the 1951 season, while the New York Giants - led since July 16, 1948 by Durocher himself - struggled (despite the callup of a 20-year-old rookie phenom named Willie Mays). When the Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the Giants at Ebbets Field, August 10, the Brooklyn lead over the Giants stood at 12 ½ games. "The Giants is dead," Dressen sang loudly (to the tune of "Roll Out the Barrel") through a door adjoining the teams’ clubhouses. The next day, after another Dodger win and Giant defeat, the Brooklyn lead swelled to 13 ½ games. See also: 1950 in sports, other events of 1951, 1952 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Herb Thomas AAA Racing: Tony Bettenhausen won the series championship Lee Wallard won the Indianapolis 500 Formula One Championship - Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina 24 hours of... Willie Howard Mays, Jr. ... Ebbets Field was a Major League Baseball park located at in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York. ...


But then the Giants began to win. With Sal Maglie, Larry Jansen and Jim Hearn anchoring their starting rotation – and (according to some accounts) with a "spy" stealing opponents' signs from their center-field clubhouse at their home field, the Polo Grounds – the Giants won 16 in a row in August and 37 of their last 44 games to force a flat-footed tie at season’s end and a best-of-three playoff. In the ninth inning of the decisive third game at the Polo Grounds, Dodger starting pitcher Don Newcombe had a 4-2 lead and two men on base when Dressen decided to go to the bullpen, where Clem Labine and Ralph Branca were warming up. "Labine is bouncing his curve," the manager was told by his bullpen coach, Clyde Sukeforth. Dressen summoned Branca, whose second pitch to Bobby Thomson was hit into the lower left-field stands for a three-run homer, a 5-4 Giants' win, and a National League pennant – “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World." Salvatore Anthony Maglie (April 26, 1917-December 28, 1992) was a Major League Baseball player for the New York Giants, Cleveland Indians, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees, and St. ... Lawrence Joseph Jansen (born July 16, 1920 in Verboort, Oregon) was a righthanded pitcher and coach in American Major League Baseball. ... James Tolbert Hearn (April 11, 1921, Atlanta, Georgia – June 10, 1998, Boca Grande, Florida) was a righthanded pitcher in American Major League Baseball for 13 seasons (1947-59). ... Jump to: navigation, search The Polo Grounds was the name given to four different stadiums in New York City used by Major League Baseballs New York Giants from 1883 until 1957, New York Metropolitans from 1883 until 1885, the New York Yankees from 1912 until 1922, and by the... Donald Newcombe (born June 14, 1926 in Madison, New Jersey), nicknamed Newk, is an American former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher and left-handed batter who played for the Dodgers teams (Brooklyn, 1949-51, and Los Angeles, 1954-58), Cincinnati Reds (1958-60) and Cleveland Indians (1960). ... Clement Walter Labine (born August 6, 1926, in Lincoln, Rhode Island) was a righthanded pitcher in American Major League Baseball. ... Ralph Theodore Joseph Branca (born January 6, 1926 in Mount Vernon, New York) was a Major League Baseball player for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Detroit Tigers, and New York Yankees from 1944 to 1956. ... Clyde Leroy Sukey Sukeforth (November 30, 1901 - September 3, 2000) was a former Major League Baseball catcher, scout and manager who was best know for scouting and signing the major leagues first black player in the modern era, Jackie Robinson. ... Robert Brown Bobby Thomson (born October 25, 1923 in Glasgow, Scotland), nicknamed The Staten Island Scot, is a Scottish-American former Major League Baseball outfielder and right-handed batter who played for the New York Giants (1946-53, 1957), Milwaukee Braves (1954-57), Chicago Cubs (1958-59), Boston Red Sox...


Dressen kept his job in 1952 (while Sukeforth was fired) and for the next two seasons, his Dodgers dominated the NL, winning the pennant by margins of 4 ½ and 13 games. But each season, they came up short against the Yankees in the World Series, losing in seven games in 1952 and six in 1953. Coming off the 1953 pennant and 105 victories, Dressen decided to publicly demand a three-year contract from O’Malley instead of the customary one-year deal the Dodgers offered their managers at the time. O’Malley didn't blink. He let Dressen quit, and replaced him with AAA Montreal Royals manager Walter Alston, who would go on to sign 23 one-year contracts with O'Malley, while winning seven NL pennants, four World Series, and a berth in the Baseball Hall of Fame. See also: 1951 in sports, 1953 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Tim Flock AAA Racing: Troy Ruttman won the Indianapolis 500 Chuck Stevenson won the season championship Formula One Championship - Italy 24 hours of Le Mans: Hermann Lang / Fritz Reiss won, driving... Jump to: navigation, search The World Series is the championship series of Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada, the culmination of the sports postseason each October. ... The 1952 World Series featured the three-time defending champion New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers, with the Yankees winning in 7 games for their fourth straight title – tying the mark they set between 1936 and 1939 – and the 15th in their history, and their third defeat of the... The 1953 World Series matched the four-time defending champion New York Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers in a rematch of the 1952 Series. ... See also: 1952 in sports, 1954 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Herb Thomas AAA Racing: Bill Vukovich won the Indianapolis 500 Sam Hanks won the season driving championship Formula One Championship - Italy 24 hours of Le Mans: the team of Tony Rolt... The Montreal Royals were a AAA farm club for the Brooklyn Dodgers during the years 1939-1960. ... Walter Emmons Alston (December 1, 1911 - October 1, 1984) was an American baseball player and manager. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, United States, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests that serves as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in North America, the display of baseball-related...


Dressen returned to Oakland to manage the PCL Oaks in 1954 while he sorted out his major league future. His decision to take the Washington Senators job for 1955 proved once again that players and not managers make the difference between success and failure in baseball. As good as the 1951-53 Dodgers were, the 1955-57 Senators were dreadful. By the time Dressen was fired on May 7, 1957, his Washington team had won only 116 of 328 games – a winning percentage of .354. Jump to: navigation, search Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) Central Division (1994-present) West Division (1969-1993) Major league titles World Series titles (3) 1991 â€¢ 1987 â€¢ 1924 AL Pennants (6) 1991 â€¢ 1987 â€¢ 1965 â€¢ 1933 1925 â€¢ 1924 Central Division titles (3) 2004 â€¢ 2003 â€¢ 2002 West Division titles (4) 1991... See also: 1954 in sports, other events of 1955, 1956 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Tim Flock AAA Racing: Bob Sweikert won the Indianapolis 500 Bob Sweikert won the season championship Formula One Championship - Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina 24 hours of...


Dressen then rejoined the newly relocated Los Angeles Dodgers to serve as a coach under Alston in 1958-59. After the '59 Dodgers won the World Series, Dressen was in demand as a manager once again, and the Milwaukee Braves, who had lost a pennant playoff to LA at the end of the 1959 season, named him their field boss for 1960. But Dressen was not able to reverse the Braves' slow decline to the middle of the NL pack and he was dumped in late 1961, succeeded by Birdie Tebbetts. In 1962, Dressen managed the Toronto Maple Leafs of the AAA International League to 91 victories. Jump to: navigation, search Major league affiliations National League (1890-present) West Division (1969-present) American Association (1884-1889) Major league titles World Series titles (6) 1988 â€¢ 1981 â€¢ 1965 â€¢ 1963 1959 â€¢ 1955 NL Pennants (21) 1988 â€¢ 1981 â€¢ 1978 â€¢ 1977 1974 â€¢ 1966 â€¢ 1965 â€¢ 1963 1959 â€¢ 1956 â€¢ 1955 â€¢ 1953 1952 â€¢ 1949 â€¢ 1947... The 1959 World Series featured the Los Angeles Dodgers, who had won their first pennant since moving from Brooklyn in 1958 by defeating the Milwaukee Braves 2-0 in a three-game playoff, and the Chicago White Sox, who had earned their first pennant in the 40 years since the... Jump to: navigation, search The Atlanta Braves are a Major League Baseball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... See also: 1958 in sports, 1960 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: Lee Petty won the inaugural Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship — Lee Petty Indianapolis 500 — Rodger Ward USAC Racing — Rodger Ward Formula One Champion — Australia 24 hours of Le Mans: Carroll Shelby... Jump to: navigation, search See also: 1959 in sports, other events of 1960, 1961 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Junior Johnson won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Rex White Indianapolis 500 - Jim Rathmann USAC Racing - A.J. Foyt won the season... Jump to: navigation, search See also: 1960 in sports, other events of 1961, 1962 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Marvin Panch won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Ned Jarrett Indianapolis 500 - A.J. Foyt USAC Racing - A.J. Foyt won the... George Robert Birdie Tebbetts (November 10, 1912 - March 24, 1999) was born in Burlington, Vermont, and was raised in Nashua, New Hampshire. ... The Toronto Maple Leafs were a high-level minor league baseball club located in Toronto, Ontario. ... Jump to: navigation, search The International League (IL) is a minor league baseball league which operates in the eastern United States and Canada. ...


In 1963, Dressen was out of uniform, scouting for the Dodgers, when his final managing opportunity presented itself. After the Detroit Tigers won only 24 of their first 60 games under Bob Scheffing, the call went out for Dressen. He rallied the Tigers to a 55-47 record for the remainder of 1963, another first division finish in 1964, and slowly was assembling much of the talent that would win Detroit the 1968 world championship. But Dressen began to suffer from failing health. A heart attack sidelined him during spring training in 1965; then he suffered a second coronary only 26 games into the 1966 campaign. He apparently was recovering from the heart attack when he was fatally stricken with a kidney infection, dying at 67 in a Detroit hospital August 10, 1966 - 15 years to the day when he infamously (and incorrectly) celebrated the death of the New York Giants. He is interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. Jump to: navigation, search The Detroit Tigers are a Major League Baseball team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... Robert Boden Scheffing (August 11, 1913 - October 26, 1985) was an American baseball player, coach, manager and front-office executive. ... Jump to: navigation, search See also: 1962 in sports, other events of 1963, 1964 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Tiny Lund won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Joe Weatherly Indianapolis 500 - Parnelli Jones USAC Racing - A.J. Foyt won the season... Jump to: navigation, search See also: 1963 in sports, other events of 1964, 1965 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Richard Petty won the Daytona 500 on February 23 NASCAR Championship - Richard Petty Indianapolis 500 - A.J. Foyt USAC Racing - A.J... The 1968 World Series featured the defending champion St. ... A Grapefruit League game at the LA Dodgers camp in Vero Beach, Florida In Major League Baseball, spring training is a series of exhibition games which precedes the regular season. ... Jump to: navigation, search See also: 1964 in sports, other events of 1965, 1966 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Fred Lorenzen wins the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Ned Jarrett Indianapolis 500 - Jimmy Clark USAC Racing - Mario Andretti Formula One Champion - Jimmy... Jump to: navigation, search See also: 1965 in sports, other events of 1966, 1967 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Richard Petty won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - David Pearson Indianapolis 500 - Graham Hill USAC Racing - Mario Andretti won the season championship... Jump to: navigation, search Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815... Jump to: navigation, search Gates of Forest Lawn Forest Lawn Memorial Park is a cemetery in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California. ... Jump to: navigation, search County Los Angeles County, California Area  - Total  - Water 79. ...


Dressen was known for his sunny self-confidence, once famously telling his highly talented Dodgers, "Just hold them, boys, until I think of something." His career major league managerial record was 1,037-993 (.511).


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