Former Chicago Cubs manager left game in 1969 to attend summer camp parents night

Former Chicago Cubs manager Leo Durocher once faked a stomach ache and left a game in the third inning to attend a summer camp Parents Night, according to an article on the 1969 Cubs team that had one of the worst late season collapses of all time.

According to the article, Durocher left a game at Wrigley Field in the third inning and took a flight to northern Wisconsin to attend Parents Night at his stepson’s summer camp. He reportedly didn’t go unnoticed and word got back to the organization.

According to the article:

“Word of the trip got to Phil Wrigley, who was so angry he reportedly offered the manager’s job to Herman Franks (who later managed the team ’77-’79). Franks turned him down, worried the change would be ‘too disruptive for the team,’ and the Cubs stuck with Durocher, Castle said.

Durocher went on to manage the Cubs through the 1972 season and after two years with the Houston Astros managed the Taiheiyo Club Lions in Japan for a season. He died in 1991 at the age of 86.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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