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"Nice guys finish last."

The phrase attributed to Leo Ernest Durocher (1906-1991), U.S. baseball player and manager remembered for his toughness and this dictum, which was supposedly said in 1946 when he was manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers. While being interviewed, Durocher waved toward the Giants' dugout and said,

"The nice guys are all over there. In seventh place."

When the article appeared, reporters had changed his statement to:

"The nice guys are all over there in last place."

As it was repeated, it was shortened to:

"Nice guys finish last."

Durocher protested that he'd never made the remark but couldn't shake it. Finally he gave in, and eventually used it as the title of his autobiography.