Boston Fans See Southworth as Pirates Pilot next Year, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-21


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Boston Fans See Southworth As Pirates Pilot Next Year BOSTON, Mass., June 20 UP.— National League fans here were guessing today that Billy Southworth, resigned manager of the Boston Braves, would be bossing the Pittsburgh Pirates within a year. Southworth, who quit the floundering Braves yesterday and went home to Sun-bury, Ohio, to fish and rest, indicated that hed return to baseball at some future date. "I have no intention of quitting baseball but I wouldnt accept anything this sea» son," was the way Southworth put it at a press conference. Immediately there was speculation that he might succeed Billy Meyer at Pittsburgh whose managerial days with the cellar-dwelling Pirates appear numbered. It was recalled that Southworth and general manager Branch Rickey of Pittsburgh have been close friends since 1926 when "Billy the Kid" came up as a St. Louis Cardinal outfielder. Rickey started Southworth on his managerial career in the Cardinal farm system, reclaimed him in 1935 by giving him the managers post at Asheville, N. C. South-worth climbed back into the major league by producing three St. Louis pennant winners and the 1942 world championship for Rickey.

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