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.


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.

A Kansas City native, Casey Stengel was renowned for his unique misuse of the English language and was as smart a field general and judge of talent as baseball ever produced.

Joe McCarthy was one of the most consistant and successful managers in professional baseball. He amassed a .615 managerial career winning percentage and a .698 World Series winning percentage, which are the best of all time.

Many pundits believe that Ned Hanlon created the position of manager as we know it today. Along with tactical innovations, Hanlon’s men bent the rules and often shattered them. Read about his legacy that influenced great managers well into the 20th century.

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.

Just about everything in Leo Durocher's life seemed to take place on a grand scale. He played with Babe Ruth and managed players like Willie Mays and Jackie Robinson. Even his disappointments were legendary.

Charlie Comiskey was one of a small group of players in his generation who saw the future of pro baseball and parlayed his vision into team ownership. He was part of the baseball wars of 1890, when the upstart Players League tried and failed to establish a rival to the National League.

Barely reaching 5'-6", Miller Huggins played 13 years for Cincinnati and St. Louis. He went on to manage the 1927 "Murderer's Row" Yankees leading his team to three consecutive pennants. Get statistics on this Hall of Fame manager.

Wilbert Robinson nicknamed "Uncle Robbie" led the Brooklyn Dodgers to two pennant triumphs. Brooklyn fans hailed Robinson as a genius. Robinson was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1945. Find statistics for this Hall of Fame manager.

Connie Mack had the longest career on a baseball field that any man has ever had -- 64 years as a player and manager, starting in the 19th century and lasting through the first half of the 20th.

Controversial, notorious and hateful are just some of the words that can be used to describe John McGraw. These qualities helped him to become the winningest manager in National League history. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1937.

Frank Selee (1859-1909) died before he reached 50 years of age. If he had not contracted tuberculosis five years earlier, people might now be calling him the greatest manager of all time.

Players aren't the only people that can be found in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown New York. In this section, you can learn about some of the managers that have made it into the Hall of Fame.

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