Any idea which Cubs manager leads the franchise in game ejections?
Sweet Lou? Mike Quade? Lee Elia? Nope, none of those guys. Dale Sveum’s not the answer, either.
The title, in fact, belongs to Leo Durocher who managed the Cubs from 1966 until midway through the 1972 season (he was replaced by Whitey Lockman).
Umpires ran Durocher 17 times during his 1,065 games skippering the Cubs, and 94 times total throughout his 26-year Hall of Fame managing career.
Durocher remains in the top five for all-time ejections trailing only Bobby Cox (161) and John McGraw (118). No wonder Durocher was called “Leo the lip!”
You can read more about manager ejections at TwinsTrivia.com where lead writer John Swol has a lengthy article dedicated to the topic. Here are a few nuggets of minutia from Swol’s post:
- Twins skipper Ron Gardenhire is fourth (63) on the ejection list among active managers. But he’s always been a fast climber averaging a heave-ho every 28 games per season.
- Seattle’s franchise leader in manager ejections is none other than Sweet Lou. He hit the showers early 28 times during his 1,551 games leading the Mariners.
- Hall of Fame umpire Bill Klem is responsible for the most ejections (256). Bob Davidson is the active leader (156).
- As for the most ridiculous manager meltdown of all-time? It must belong to Bush League skipper Phillip Wellman, who went berserk on June 1, 2007. It brought him national fame and a three-game suspension.