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Former Dodger Manager Burt Shotton Dead at 77

July 30, 1962 - Burt Shotton Sr. (pictured with Pee Wee Reese in 1948), who managed the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 and 1949, died of a heart attack last night at his home in Lake Wales, Fla. He was 77 years old. Mr. Shotton, who led the Dodgers to National League pennants both years he managed them, disdained a uniform on the playing field. He wore a windbreaker with “Dodgers” across the front and a Brooklyn cap. Twice, Mr. Shotton was called upon by Branch Rickey, Dodgers’ general manager, to pull the club out of a hole and provide a pennant. Both times he succeeded the voluble Leo Durocher, now the third-base coach with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Although Mr. Shotton had poor eyesight, he played as an outfielder with the St. Louis Browns from 1911 to 1917. He ended his playing career in 1923 with the St. Louis Cardinals. Before he joined the Dodgers, he had spent six years as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.


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