Baseball Managers

Managers in major league baseball all have good players, but the Hall of Fame Managers were able to make good teams great and great teams absolutely sensational.

Bucky Harris

Bucky Harris earned his fame early, as “The Boy Manager” of the Washington Senators, and earned his Cooperstown credentials as one of the longest-running management acts in history. Learn more about this Hall of Famer.

J.L. Wilkinson was the first person to use lights to illuminate a baseball game at night. The setup proved to be a large success and drew large crowds whenever the lights were used. You can learn about the career of J.L. Wilkinson in this section.

Alex Pompez had a career that ranged from his start as a team owner to his service as a Hall of Fame consultant. Pompez's induction into the Hall of Fame was controversial due to his ties to organized crime. Discover Alex Pompez's contributions.

Sol White's Official Base Ball Guide chronicled the early history of African Americans in the game. White managed the Cleveland Browns when they entered the league.

Manager Tommy Lasorda often said "I bleed Dodger blue." Lasorda led the L.A. Dodgers to six divisional titles, four pennants, and two world championships. Read about Lasorda's loyal 35-year career and Hall of Fame statistics for wins and titles.

The Homestead Grays, a semipro team of steelworkers, were only one year old when Cum Posey joined them as an outfielder in 1911. With business savvy and an eye for baseball talent, Posey built what was a true dynasty.

Highlight films do not serve the memory of Earl Weaver well. Too many times we have seen his embarrassing displays as he verbally assaulted umpires and extended his childish behavior as far as throwing bases.

Hall of Famer Sparky Anderson was the first manager to win 600 games in both leagues. Anderson's enthusiasm sometimes led him to overstate his case when bragging about his ballplayers. Read about Sparky's World Series runs with the Reds and Tigers.

Walter Alston managed the Dodgers over two cities and almost two decades. Alston helped to rebuild the Dodgers along the lines of a team that he wanted to manage, emphasizing speed, defense, and pitching. Learn more about this Hall of Fame manager.

Hall of Fame Manager Bill McKechnie had the misfortune to be at the helm of the worst team in modern National League history, a Boston Braves, a team that won just 38 of 153 games, though he still managed to lead them to two consecutive first-division finishes.

For 40 years Al Lopez held the major-league record for most games as a catcher. Al Lopez was the only AL manager apart from Casey Stengel to win a pennant between 1949 and 1965. Read about this Baseball Hall of Fame manager and see his statistics.