On this date 67 years ago Cardinals manager Billy Southworth left the club to become the skipper of the Boston Braves.
Under new ownership, the Braves were spending a lot of money to try to improve their club and, after leading the Redbirds to three consecutive pennants and a pair of World Series wins from 1942-44, Southworth was the hottest manager in the National League. So Boston's backers lured Billy the Kid away from a Cardinals team packed with stars including Stan Musial, Enos Slaughter and Marty Marion to be the new manager in Beantown.
Boston was 67-85 in 1945 and finished fifth in the Senior Circuit standings. In 1946 the Braves improved to 81-72. But they only made it up to fourth in the standings while the Cardinals won the National League pennant under new skipper Eddie Dyer -- and then went on to beat the other Boston club, the Red Sox, in the World Series.
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