"If Durocher had continued to come here each year your father would think him the greatest manager."

Leo Durocher baseball card from 1933
Public DomainLeo Durocher baseball card from 1933
Leo Durocher (1905-91) was a shortstop (1925-45) and then major league baseball manager (1939-73). His outspoken manner earned him the nickname "Leo the Lip," although in the 1920s, because of his unspectacular playing, Babe Ruth dubbed him "The All-American Out."

According to Wikipedia, "Durocher still ranks tenth in career wins by a manager."