Spending time with the Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Braves and New York Giants and St. Louis Cardinals, Billy Southworth was well traveled in a thirteen year playing career. His final year as a player in 1929 also gave him a taste of managing when he took over the reigns of the Cardinals. His tenure was brief, just the first eighty-eight games of the season, but he managed a respectable 43-45 record at that point. He would work his way through the minor league ranks again, this time pursuing another managing position. He rejoined the Major Leagues in 1940 as manager of the Cardinals a second time. This time he won three pennants and two World Championships with the Cards before having his contract sold to the Boston Braves in 1946. He would help raise the Braves to respectability, winning his fourth pennant in 1948, before personal health and family tragedy helped end his career in 1951. His 13-year career as a manager is one of the shorter Hall resumes, but his level of success in those years speaks volumes. He retired with 1044 victories and a .597 winning percentage.
August 18, 2011