|The Professor & Foghorn with|
the Ernie Banks statue outside
Wrigley Field in 2011.
In the late '60s and early '70s, towards the end of Banks' career, the Cubs were managed by Leo "The Lip" Durocher. He had been a member of the St. Louis Cardinals' rowdy "Gashouse Gang" of the 1930s, then went on to manage most famously the Dodgers. He earned the moniker "The Lip" with his salty tongue and brash manner and is (somewhat erroneously) credited with the phrase "nice guys finish last". I've always had a thing about Durocher, probably because he appears on an episode of Mr. Ed along with a bunch of the L.A. Dodgers. And I don't care what anybody says, seeing a horse run the bases and then slide into home, depositing his hoof squarely on home plate is one of the funniest things ever. Since I was/am a big Mr. Ed fan, I think I developed a fondness for Leo at an early age.
A year ago I read a book about Wrigley Field and the Cubs and it mentioned that "The Lip" was not fond, to say the least, of Ernie Banks. He criticized Banks' playing, among other things, but I have a feeling we also had a major clash of temperaments. Banks was light, Durocher was dark. Banks was cheerful, Durocher gruff. You get the idea.
|Daisy & The Professor|
** While I don't have any video of Durocher giving Daisy what-for, I do have some footage of her reaction to a seven year old Foghorn who was being too loud and rowdy: