One of the most successful player-managers of all time, Boudreau made his major league debut with the Cleveland Indians. He played one game in 1938 and by 1940 was the regular shortstop. In 1942, at the tender age of twenty-four and with only two years of full time play under his belt, Boudreau became the manager of the Tribe. The team would struggle through the early years of his tenure. When baseball broke the color barrier in 1947, forward thinking Indians owner Bill Veeck would hire Larry Doby and, the following season, Satchel Paige. Boudreau himself had an unparalleled season in 1948, winning the MVP and steering his newly stocked club to the Championship, making him the only one in baseball history to accomplish the feat.
After his playing and managing days were over, Boudreau had a thirty-year career calling ball games for the Chicago Cubs from the broadcast booth.
August 11, 2011