Cedric Durst

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Cedric Montgomery Durst

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Biographical Information[edit]

Cedric Durst, who was a backup outfielder on the 1927 New York Yankees, played in the majors from 1922-1930 with the St. Louis Browns, New York Yankees, and the Boston Red Sox. He was sometimes called, rather unkindly, "Babe Ruth's stand-in".

He started in professional baseball in 1921 with the Beaumont Exporters of the Texas League, and after his first time with the Browns, played in 1924 and 1925 with the Los Angeles Angels and St. Paul Saints.

He was 25 when he broke into the majors with the Browns in 1922-23, was not in the majors in 1924-25, and had his most at-bats with the Browns in 1926 when he had 219. One source called him "George Sisler's understudy".

He spent 1927-29 with the Yankees, along with a few games in 1930. He appeared briefly in the 1927 World Series, and hit .375 in 8 at-bats in the 1928 World Series.

In 1930, he was traded for the young Red Ruffing, in a talked-about trade.

He finished his major league career with the Boston Red Sox in 1930. Between the Yankees and the Red Sox that year, he had his most major league at-bats, 321.

After that he played in the minors for many years. He played for the Hollywood Stars for three years from 1933-35. When they moved to San Diego and became the San Diego Padres, he was around the age of 40 but was still able to hit over .300 in 1936 and 1938. In 1939 he became player-manager.

Notable Achievements[edit]

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1939 San Diego Padres Pacific Coast League 83-93 5th none
1940 San Diego Padres Pacific Coast League 92-85 4th none Lost in 1st round
1941 San Diego Padres Pacific Coast League 101-76 3rd none Lost in 1st round
1942 San Diego Padres Pacific Coast League 91-87 4th none Lost in 1st round
1943 San Diego Padres Pacific Coast League 50-66 -- none -- replaced by George DeTore (20-19) on August 10
1946 Quincy Gems Three-I League 13-34 8th New York Yankees replaced Hank Bauer (2-0) on July 17
1947 Rochester Red Wings International League 68-86 5th St. Louis Cardinals
1948 Rochester Red Wings International League 78-75 4th St. Louis Cardinals Lost in 1st round
1949 Omaha Cardinals Western League 68-71 5th St. Louis Cardinals
1950 Grand Forks Chiefs Northern League 6th New York Yankees replaced Jack Farmer on May 12

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