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Top 30 Managers in Major League Baseball History

Top 30 Managers in Major League Baseball History

Top 30 Managers in Major League Baseball History

In Major League Baseball, managers are oddly both overvalued and undervalued. As a game, baseball is largely individual and therefore doesn't offer the wild variances in styles of play found in football, basketball, or soccer in which the philosophy of a manager or head coach can have a foundational impact. Baseball features a series of one-on-one matchups between a pitcher and a hitter, and the manager doesn't have many options at his disposal other than directing that hitter to bunt, take or swing away, putting a runner in motion, issuing an intentional walk, or directing fielders to stand in a certain spot, and many of those decisions are left up to the players.

A manager's greatest impact on his team is in its lineup construction, in-game decisions such as replacing a pitcher or pinch-hitting, and clubhouse management. It's perhaps the latter that goes largely unnoticed but may indeed have the largest impact on a team's success over the course of a long regular season. Managing the personalities of 25 different millionaires hailing from a wide range of backgrounds is a much more difficult job than it seems on the surface.

Nevertheless, despite the limited options at a manager's disposal, and his reliance on the talent he's been given, some big league skippers have set themselves apart. Hall of Famers inducted in the last decade such as Joe Torre, Bobby Cox, and Tony La Russa enjoyed great success over multiple decades on the bench and joined legends like Joe McCarthy, John McGraw, Casey Stengel, and Connie Mack among the best skippers in the history of the game.

Where do they rank on our list, and what active skippers make the cut? We count down the top 30 managers in MLB history.

Note: All managerial won-loss records, statistics, and accomplishments refer to information available through Baseball-Reference and are current as of the end of the 2019 season.

— Rankings by Nicholas Ian Allen, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @NicholasIAllen.

30. Bucky Harris

Washington Senators, 1924-28, '35-42, '50-54; Detroit Tigers, 1929-33, '55-56; Boston Red Sox, 1934; Philadelphia Phillies, 1943; New York Yankees, 1947-48

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2 World Series titles (1924 Senators, 1927 Yankees)
3 AL pennants
Career record: 2,158-2,219 (.493)
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1975

Any manager that won a World Series with the Washington Senators deserves a place on the list of the greatest managers in major league history. And, since Harris was manager of that 1924 team, here he is.

Harris' title came during his first as player/manager in Washington, and he led the club to the AL pennant the following year as well. However, Harris posted just 11 winning seasons in 29 years as a big-league manager. Still, with his championship in Washington and a second ring with the 1947 Yankees, Harris is worthy of a spot.

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29. Billy Southworth

St. Louis Cardinals, 1929, '40-45; Boston Braves, 1946-49, '50-51

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2 World Series titles (1942, '44 Cardinals)
4 NL pennants
Career record: 1,044-704 (.597)
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 2008

Admittedly, Southworth's 1942 and '44 World Series championship teams achieved their status when many of the biggest stars in the major leagues were off fighting in World War II. However, the manager managed to post a terrific .597 career winning percentage over the course of a 13-year career.

Southworth guided the Cardinals to a .642 win percentage across seven years, which included three seasons in which the team won 105 games or more and two others in which the Cards posted at least 95 victories.

But Southworth also found success in Boston, where he guided the Braves to a winning record in five of six seasons, including a 91-62 mark in 1948 in which the club captured the National League pennant — Southworth's fourth as a manager. Southworth finished his career 340 games above .500, which ranks 12th all-time and tops among managers with fewer than 2,000 games.

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28. Dusty Baker

San Francisco Giants, 1993-2002; Chicago Cubs, 2003-06; Cincinnati Reds, 2008-13; Washington Nationals, 2016-17, Houston Astros, 2020-Present

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2002 NL pennant
3-time NL Manager of the Year (1993, '97, 2000)
Career record: 1,863-1,636 (.532)

The winningest manager in San Francisco Giants history, Baker won 840 games in 10 seasons with the club. Baker's first Giants team was arguably his best, going 103-59 but failing to make the postseason in the final full season prior to the implementation of the wild card.

Baker also guided the Giants to the National League pennant in his last season in San Francisco, becoming the second African-American manager in MLB history to lead his team to the World Series. Baker has posted 10 90-win seasons and has made nine playoff appearances in 22 years as a major league manager. He led each of the four franchises he's managed to the postseason and was a natural pick to take over in Houston following A.J. Hinch's departure in the fallout of the Astros' sign-stealing scandal.

27. Billy Martin

Minnesota Twins, 1969; Detroit Tigers, 1971-73; Texas Rangers, 1973-75; New York Yankees, 1975-78, ’79, ’83, ’85, ’88; Oakland Athletics, 1980-82

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1977 World Series champion (Yankees)
2 AL pennants
Career record: 1,253-1,013 (.553)

Best known for his 1977 World Series championship (and five separate tenures as manager) with the New York Yankees, Martin was a successful and troubled skipper for five different organizations. Martin led the Twins to 97 wins and the AL West title in his one and only season as manager in Minnesota but was involved in a fight with his players that later led to his firing.

After a year out of baseball, Martin landed with the Tigers and posted three winning records, but he was fired following a three-game suspension in 1973. Taking over the Texas Rangers late in the second of back-to-back 100-loss seasons, Martin posted a winning record in 1974 — his only full season in Arlington. He was fired after a clash with ownership in 1975.

A Bay Area native, Martin had an opportunity to manage the Oakland Athletics for three seasons. The A's posted winning records in 1980 and '81 but lost 94 games in '82 — the only full season in which Martin recorded a losing record as manager — and was fired.

26. Cito Gaston

Toronto Blue Jays, 1989-97; 2008-10

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2 World Series titles (1992-93)
2 AL Pennants
Career record: 894-837 (.516)

The first African-American manager to win a World Series, Gaston became one of the first 20 MLB managers to win two championship rings when he led the Blue Jays to back-to-back crowns in 1992 and '93. Well-known as a player's manager, Gaston first served as a hitting coach in Toronto for seven years before being promoted. He was successful immediately and led the Jays to four AL East titles through his first five years in charge.

However, Gaston's tenure on the bench in Toronto was a bit of a roller coaster. In all, he served three separate stints as manager. In 1991, Gaston was sidelined with a health issue, and Gene Tenace managed the club for 33 games. Gaston also posted losing records in four straight seasons from 1994-97 and was fired.

Though he was considered for other managerial positions, Gaston worked in the Toronto organization as a hitting instructor from 1999-2001 and later worked in the front office. During the 2008 season, he was hired as the Blue Jays manager once more and managed the team until '10, when he retired following an 85-77 campaign.

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25. Cap Anson

Philadelphia Athletics, 1875; Chicago White Stockings, 1879-89, Chicago Colts, 1890-97; New York Giants, 1898

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5 NL pennants
Career record: 1,295-947 (.578)
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1939 (Player)

One of the first great players in baseball history, and still regarded as one of the top first basemen of all-time, Anson was a successful player/manager with four major league organizations and posted a .578 career winning percentage that ranks No. 13 in history and sits among the top 10 for managers with more than 10 years of experience.

Best known for his work with the Chicago White Stockings (which would later become the Cubs), Anson led the club to five National League pennants in his first eight years as player/manager. In 1880, is first full season in charge, the team posted a 67-17 record — an incredible .798 winning percentage. Anson did not suffer a losing record until 1892, though that was the first of three straight losing campaigns for the Chicago Colts. Anson also suffered a fourth sub-.500 record again in 1897, his last with the organization.

Though he is a Hall of Famer as a player and one of the most successful managers of all time — especially among those from the 19th century — Anson's legacy is marred by his well-known racist ideology.

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24. Frank Selee

Boston Beaneaters, 1890-1901; Chicago Orphans, 1902, Chicago Cubs, 1903-05

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5 NL pennants
Career record: 1,284-862 (.598)
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1999

Selee ranks fourth in career winning percentage (.598) and captured five National League pennants during his 16-year major league managerial career. His fifth NL championship club, the 1898 Boston Beaneaters (who would later become the Braves), was the first in league history to win more than 100 games in a season. That squad was one of nine teams Selee managed to a .600 or better winning percentage. Only twice did one of his teams fail to post a .500 mark.

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame 90 years after his death, Selee's accomplishments were grand. In addition to his success in Boston, he managed four seasons in Chicago and helped develop the Cubs into a power. In fact, Selee managed the club until another manager on our list, Hall of Famer Frank Chance, took over in 1905.

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23. Dick Williams

Boston Red Sox, 1967-69; Oakland Athletics, 1971-73; California Angels, 1974-76; Montreal Expos, 1977-81; San Diego Padres, 1982-85; Seattle Mariners, 1986-88

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2 World Series titles (1972-73 A's)
3 AL pennants, 1 NL pennant
Career record: 1,571-1,451 (.520)
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 2008

One of the most well-traveled managers in MLB history, Williams shuttled coast to coast during a 21-year big league managerial career. As a 38-year old in his first season with the Boston Red Sox, Williams won the 1967 AL pennant and posted a .545 winning percentage in three seasons with the club.

Williams' greatest success came in his second stop, a three-year stint in Oakland in which he won 288 games and two World Series rings. He was less successful in three seasons with the California Angels and in his first two years with the Expos, but Williams led Montreal to 95 wins in 1979 and 90 in '80. He managed the San Diego Padres to the 1984 National League pennant, and never posted a losing record in four years in San Diego, before finishing his career leading the Mariners for nearly three seasons.

He finished his MLB managerial career at 59 and ranks No. 21 on the leaderboard with 1,571 wins.

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22. Bill McKechnie

Newark Pepper (Federal League), 1915; Pittsburgh Pirates, 1922-26; St. Louis Cardinals, 1928-29, Boston Braves, 1930-35, Boston Bees, 1936-37; Cincinnati Reds, 1938-46

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2 World Series titles (1925 Pirates, 1940 Reds)
4 NL pennants
Career record: 1,896-1,723 (.524)
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1962

McKechnie spent half of the 1915 season as a player/manager in the Federal League before turning to manage full-time in 22 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The first MLB manager to win a World Series with two different clubs, McKechnie guided the Pirates to their second title in franchise history when they beat the reigning world champion Washington Senators in 1925.

In 1928, McKechnie led the St. Louis Cardinals to the NL pennant in his only full season with the club and moved on to Boston to manage the Braves (and later the Bees) for eight years. In 1935, the Braves set an NL record with 115 losses despite the presence of the great Babe Ruth on the roster.

McKechnie recovered well from his time in Boston and posted a .541 winning percentage across nine years with the Cincinnati Reds. His 1939 squad won the NL pennant, and the following year, McKechnie and the Reds beat the Detroit Tigers in seven games to win the second World Series title in club history. After his managerial career ended, McKechnie won a third ring as a coach for the 1948 Cleveland Indians.

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21. Fred Clarke

Louisville Colonels, 1897-99; Pittsburgh Pirates, 1900-15

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1909 World Series Champion (Pirates)
4 NL pennants
Career record: 1,602-1,181 (.576)
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1945 (Player)

Bill McKechnie managed the Pirates to their second World Series title, but Clarke led the Bucs to both the first World Series in the modern era in 1903 and the first world championship in franchise history in '09.

The 1903 campaign was Clarke's third consecutive NL pennant with the Pirates, but the team lost to Boston in eight games in the first official Fall Classic. A player/manager, Clarke also led the majors in slugging percentage (.532) and OPS (.946) and paced the NL in doubles (32) that season.

In 1909, the Pirates won 110 games — which still stands as a franchise record (by far) and is actually the last time Pittsburgh won more than 100 games in a season. The Bucs beat the Tigers in seven games to win the title, and Clark led all players with two home runs and seven RBIs in the Series.

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20. Jim Leyland

Pittsburgh Pirates, 1986-96; Florida Marlins, 1997-98; Colorado Rockies, 1999; Detroit Tigers, 2006-13

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1997 World Series champion (Marlins)
2 AL Pennants, 1 NL Pennant
3-time Manager of the Year (1990, '92 NL; 2006 AL)
Career record: 1,769-1,728 (.506)

Leyland found great success as a major league manager in some unlikely places. Leyland led the Pittsburgh Pirates to three straight NL East titles from 1990-92 and won the NL Manager of the Year Award in both '90 and '92.

After a decade in the Steel City, Leyland joined the Florida Marlins and led the team to a World Series championship in his first season — and just the fifth season in franchise history. At the time, the Marlins were the youngest franchise ever to win a World Series. Unfortunately, the success was short-lived, as Marlins management traded away the bulk of its championship team and lost 108 games the following season, after which Leyland stepped away and joined the Colorado Rockies.

Leyland spent just one season in Colorado, then left for the Cardinals organization in an off-field role. He finally returned to the bench in 2006 in Detroit, where he had spent 18 years as a player and coach earlier in his career. Leyland's eight years leading the Tigers were the most successful of his managerial career in terms of wins and losses. He posted a 700-597 (.540) record and captured two AL pennants during his stint with the club, becoming the seventh manager to win a pennant in both leagues. He also won the 2006 AL Manager of the Year Award, which made him the third manager to win the honor in both leagues.

Leyland retired from the Tigers after the 2013 season but managed Team USA to the gold medal in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

19. Davey Johnson

New York Mets, 1984-90; Cincinnati Reds, 1993-95; Baltimore Orioles, 1996-97; Los Angeles Dodgers, 1999-2000; Washington Nationals, 2011-13

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1986 World Series champion (Mets)
1986 NL Pennant (Mets)
2-time Manager of the Year (1997 AL, 2012 NL)
Career record: 1,372-1,071 (.562)

After just two seasons managing in the Mets minor league system, Johnson was promoted to the managerial role in New York in 1984. With a talented young core of players, Johnson won 90 games in his first season (a 22-win improvement over the previous year). The Mets won 98 games the following season and 108 games and the World Series in 1986. In seven years with the Mets, Johnson posted a .588 winning percentage, and he is the winningest manager in franchise history.

Johnson also had successful tenures in Cincinnati, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and Washington. He left each position with an overall winning record and guided the Reds, Orioles, and Nationals to division titles. Johnson posted a losing record in a full season only once, in 1999 with the Dodgers. He also won the 1997 AL Manager of the Year award with the Orioles and was named NL Manager of the Year with the Nationals in 2012.

18. Al Lopez

Cleveland Indians, 1951-56; Chicago White Sox, 1957-65, '68-69

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2 AL pennants
Career record: 1,410-1,004 (.584)
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1977

One of the best managers never to win a World Series, Lopez ranks ninth all-time in winning percentage and sits fourth among big league managers who spent more than 2,000 games on the bench. Lopez posted an outstanding .617 winning percentage with the Cleveland Indians, which still stands as the best mark in franchise history. Lopez won 88 or more games every year with the Tribe, including the record-setting 111-43 AL pennant-winning club in 1954.

Lopez left Cleveland in 1956 and quickly landed with the Chicago White Sox, with whom he stretched his streak of consecutive winning seasons to 15. In fact, Lopez never posted a losing record in a full season as manager. He led the Go-Go White Sox to the 1959 World Series, but the team fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games.

Unfortunately, health issues forced Lopez to permanently retire from managing at 60. Had he been healthy enough to manage another decade or so, he would surely have gone down in history as a top-10 all-time manager.

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17. Terry Francona

Philadelphia Phillies, 1997-2000; Boston Red Sox, 2004-11; Cleveland Indians, 2013-Present

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2 World Series titles (2004, '07 Red Sox)
3 AL pennants
2-time AL Manager of the Year (2013, '16)
Career record: 1,667-1,409 (.542)

Francona rose through the ranks and earned a good reputation as a minor league manager in the Chicago White Sox organization (he also managed Michael Jordan with the Birmingham Barons in 1994). Francona spent one season on the Detroit Tigers' major league coaching staff, then earned his first big league managerial position with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1997.

Francona was fired after four losing seasons with the Phillies and bounced around three organizations before landing his second job as a manager with the Boston Red Sox in 2004. It was a perfect marriage. Tito led the Red Sox to a World Series title in his first season in Boston, breaking an 86-year franchise drought. He also guided the Red Sox to the 2007 World Series title and posed a 744-552 (.574) record in eight seasons before he and the team parted ways in 2011.

Following a year as a television analyst, Francona returned to the bench and immediately found success with the Cleveland Indians. Through his first seven seasons in Cleveland, Francona has posted a 638-494 (.564) record during the regular season, was named the 2013 and '16 AL Manager of the Year, won the AL Central three times, and made the playoffs four times, including a spot in the 2016 Fall Classic.

16. Leo Durocher

Brooklyn Dodgers, 1939-46, '48; New York Giants, 1948-55; Chicago Cubs, 1966-72; Houston Astros, 1972-73

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1954 World Series champion (Giants)
3 NL pennants
Career record: 2,008-1,709 (.540)
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1994

Like many managers in the first half of the 20th century, Durocher began as a player/manager. After winning two World Series titles as a light-hitting shortstop with the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals (with a four-year stint in Cincinnati in between), Durocher helped lead the Brooklyn Dodgers to one NL pennant and two 100-win seasons before moving to the bench full time.

Durocher had a rocky relationship with Dodgers owner Larry MacPhail, which led to his eventual suspension and subsequent move to manage the rival New York Giants, with whom he won the 1954 World Series in an upset over Al Lopez's 111-win Cleveland Indians. He later managed the Chicago Cubs and helped the club make one of the biggest turnarounds in history, improving from a 103-loss club in 1966 to 87 wins in '67. Durocher also is widely credited with coining the term “nice guys finish last."

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15. Jim Mutrie

New York Metropolitans, 1883-84; New York Giants, 1885-91

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2 World Series titles (1888, '89 Giants)
2 NL pennants, 1 AA pennant
Career record: 658-419 (.611)

Only one manager in major league history posted a higher career winning percentage than Mutrie's .611 mark, as he posted eight winning records — including five seasons in which his teams won at least 63 percent of its games — in nine years. Mutrie spent his entire managerial career in New York, first with the Metropolitans of the American Association, and later with the Giants. In fact, Mutrie is recognized for changing the franchise name to Giants from Gothams.

Though MLB recognizes the 1903 World Series as the first official Fall Classic, Mutrie's Metropolitans faced the Providence Grays of the National League in the 1884 World Series and later won the Series in both 1888 and '89 with the Giants.

14. Frank Chance

Chicago Cubs, 1905-12; New York Yankees, 1913-14; Boston Red Sox, 1923

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2 World Series titles (1907, '08 Cubs)
4 NL pennants
Career record: 946-648 (.593)
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1946 (Player)

A Hall of Fame player, and a member of arguably the greatest double-play combination in major league history (Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance), Chance was the player/manager of the Chicago Cubs during the most successful period in franchise history.

Chance never posted a losing record as manager of the Cubs and led the club to four 100-win seasons, four NL pennants, and two World Series championships. He posted a .664 winning percentage in Chicago but was far less successful in a two-year stint with the New York Yankees (.411) and one season on the bench with the Boston Red Sox (.401).

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13. Bruce Bochy

San Diego Padres, 1995-2006; San Francisco Giants, 2007-19

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3 World Series titles (2010, '12, '14 Giants)
4 NL pennants
1996 NL Manager of the Year
Career record: 2,003-2,029 (.497)

Bochy was one of the most successful and consistent managers of our generation. Bochy spent 12 seasons leading the Padres, and though he posted a losing record with the club over that span (951-975), he was named 1996 NL Manager of the Year for leading the team to 91 wins (a 21-win improvement over his first season). He also led the Padres to the 1998 World Series and guided the club to three straight winning seasons from 2004-06.

Bochy took over in San Francisco the following year and suffered two losing seasons before turning the team around with 88 wins in 2009 — the beginning of one of the most successful runs in franchise history. In 2010, Bochy led the Giants to their first World Series title since the franchise moved from New York, and he followed that with championships 2012 and '14. Bochy is just one of 10 MLB managers with three World Series victories.

12. Tommy Lasorda

Los Angeles Dodgers, 1976-96

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2 World Series titles (1981, '88)
4 NL pennants
2-time NL Manager of the Year (1983, '88)
Career record: 1,599-1,439 (.526)
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1997

It's rare for great major league players to become great big league managers. It's much more common for mediocre big leaguers to find better success on as managers. Calling Lasorda a mediocre big-league pitcher would be kind. In three MLB seasons, Lasorda was 0-9 with a 6.48 ERA in 58.1 innings.

However, Lasorda later emerged as one of the best managers in baseball history and remains one of the most beloved figures in the sport. Legendary Dodgers manager Walter Alston retired towards the end of the 1976 season, which opened the spot for Lasorda — Alston's third base coach — to take over. Lasorda managed just four games in 1976 but won back-to-back pennants in his first two seasons in charge in '77 and '78.

Under Lasorda's direction, the Dodgers won the 1981 World Series (the first for the franchise since 1965) and later guided them to the 1988 world championship over a heavily favored Oakland A's squad. No Dodgers team has won it all since.

In addition to his success at the major league level, Lasorda also managed Team USA to a gold medal in the 2000 Summer Olympic Games. No other manager has won both an Olympic gold medal and a World Series.

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11. Miller Huggins

St. Louis Cardinals, 1913-17; New York Yankees, 1918-29

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3 World Series titles (1923, '27, '28 Yankees)
6 AL pennants
Career record: 1,413-1,134 (.555)
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1964

Huggins wasn't very successful as a player/manager with the St. Louis Cardinals. In four seasons in the role, he was just 264-345 (.433). However, when he moved to the bench full-time in 1917, he posted an 82-70 record and caught the eye of the New York Yankees, who needed a replacement for Bill Donovan.

At that point, the Yankees had yet to win their first World Series title. Huggins started slowly, posting a 60-63 record in 1918, and picked up steam with an 80-59 mark in '19 before breaking 95 wins for the first time in '20 and winning back-to-back AL pennants in 1921-22 — which gave New York its first two World Series appearances in franchise history.

Then, with the building blocks of what would become arguably the greatest lineup in baseball history — with Babe Ruth leading the way and a 19-year old Lou Gehrig as a seldom-used backup — Huggins and the Yankees took home the crown for the first time in 1923. Four years later, the 1927 Yankees would become the gold standard of baseball success, winning 110 games in the regular season and sweeping the Pirates in the Fall Classic behind Ruth, Gehrig and the rest of “Murderer's Row.”

For good measure, Huggins and the Yankees won it all again in 1928. He managed the first 143 games of the 1929 season in New York but fell ill in August and died in September at 51.

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10. Walter Alston

Brooklyn Dodgers, 1954-57; Los Angeles Dodgers, 1958-76

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4 World Series titles (1955, '59, '63, '65)
7 NL pennants
Career record: 2,040-1,613 (.558)
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1983

The Dodgers have had the benefit of terrific, consistent managers, and Alston was one of the best. Over his 23 years as manager of the Dodgers, Alston won 2,040 games, which ranks No. 9 on the all-time list (it ranked fifth when he retired in 1976).

Alston oversaw the final three years for the franchise in Brooklyn and won his first World Series title in 1955 when the team still played at Ebbets Field. Though the Dodgers made it back to the World Series the following season, the '55 crown would be the last for the club on the East Coast.

Alston transitioned with the Dodgers across the country to Los Angeles in 1958, and though the team struggled to a 71-83 finish in the first season out west, they bounced back to win the '59 World Series. Alston also added titles in 1963 and '65, giving him more World Series rings as a manager than anyone but Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengel and the next skipper on our list, Connie Mack.

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9. Connie Mack

Pittsburgh Pirates, 1894-96; Philadelphia Athletics, 1901-50

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5 World Series titles (1910, '11, '13, '29, '30 A's)
9 AL pennants
Career record: 3,731-3,948-76 (.486)
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1937

Mack holds several major league records that will never be broken. First and foremost, Mack won 3,731 games, which is nearly 1,000 more than No. 2 John McGraw. Mack also lost 3,948 games — more than 1,500 great than the next closest manager, Tony La Russa. Mack also managed 53 years in the big leagues, which is two decades longer than both McGraw and La Russa, who sit second in the list.

As part-owner of the Philadelphia Athletics from 1901-36, and controlling owner of the club from 1936-54, Mack managed the A's throughout the first 50 years of the franchise's existence (though he sat out portions of the 1937 and '39 seasons). He managed until age 87.

Mack finished his career with a sub-.500 record as a manager, but only two managers in history have won more World Series titles, and only two captured more pennants. The A's won back-to-back World Series championships in 1910-11 and followed with a third in '13, giving Mack one of MLB's first dynasties and making him the first manager to win three rings.

Mack and the A's worked through several terrible years afterward, and he posted five 100-loss seasons from 1915-21, including a 117-loss campaign in 1916 that resulted in a .235 winning percentage, the lowest in AL history. Mack would go on to record five more 100-loss seasons but also had five 100-win campaigns.

Nevertheless, Mack rebuilt the A's and topped the mighty New York Yankees in the AL standings three straight seasons from 1929-31, winning more than 100 games each year and capped the 1929 and '30 seasons with World Series victories.

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8. Bobby Cox

Atlanta Braves, 1978-81, 1990-2010; Toronto Blue Jays, 1982-85

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1995 World Series champion (Braves)
5 NL pennants
4-time Manager of the Year (1985 AL; 1991, 2004, '05 NL)
Career record: 2,504-1,948 (.586)
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 2014

Cox owns the distinction of being ejected from more games (158) than any manager in MLB history. Cox also is the only manager ever to be tossed from two World Series games. Of course, Cox was only able to reach those milestones because of his long history of success on the bench.

Though he also served as the team's general manager, Cox spent 25 of his 29-year managerial career with the Atlanta Braves, first from 1978-81, then again from late 1990-2010. Thanks to his moves as GM, including his decision to hire himself to manage the Braves again, Cox engineered one of the greatest turnarounds in MLB history. The 1990 Braves lost 97 games and finished last in the NL West, but the '91 squad posted 94 victories in the regular season and lost to the Minnesota Twins in Game 7 of one of the most closely contested World Series of all time.

The 1991 Braves were the first of a record 14 consecutive division title teams orchestrated by Cox, which included five NL pennants and one World Series title. The Braves also won more than 100 games six different times.

Overall, Cox posted a 2,149-1,709 (.557) record with the Braves and won three NL Manager of the Year awards (in addition to the '85 AL award with the Blue Jays). He retired following the 2010 season with 2,504 victories, which ranks fourth in history, and 16 postseason appearances, which also is a record.

7. Earl Weaver

Baltimore Orioles, 1968-82; '85-86

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1970 World Series champion (Orioles)
4 AL pennants
Career record: 1,480-1,060 (.583)
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1996

Had he not retired for good following the 1986 season when he was just 55, Weaver could have made a case to be the greatest manager in baseball history. For comparison's sake, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays hired Joe Maddon to manage when he was 52, he joined the Cubs at age 62, and he will be 66 when he takes the field for the first time as manager of the Angels.

Still, over the course of 17 seasons as the skipper of the Baltimore Orioles, Weaver won 1,480 games, which still ranks in the top 25 in history. His .583 career winning percentage ranks No. 10 on the career leaderboard, and his 26 postseason wins are No. 15 overall and sixth among those that never managed in the Wild Card era.

Though he never played in the major leagues, Weaver was an incredibly successful manager who led the Orioles to 101 or more victories and the American League pennant in each of his first three full seasons in Baltimore. The 1970 squad beat Cincinnati in the World Series — the second world championship in franchise history. Weaver won his fourth and final AL pennant in 1979, which also was the fourth of five 100-win seasons for the manager. He posted just one losing season in 17 years as a major league manager — his last, in 1986, which occurred four years after his first retirement from the Orioles.

Well-known for his fiery temper directed at umpires (he was ejected more than 90 times), Weaver also was at the forefront of using statistics to make in-game decisions, as well as to build his lineup.

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6. Tony La Russa

Chicago White Sox, 1979-86; Oakland Athletics, 1986-95; St. Louis Cardinals, 1996-2011

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3 World Series titles (1989 A's; 2006, '11 Cardinals)
3 AL pennants, 3 NL pennants
4-time Manager of the Year (1983, '88, '92 AL; 2002 NL)
Career record: 2,728-2,365 (.536)
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 2014

La Russa was named his league's Manager of the Year four times (1983, '88, '92, 2002) with three different franchises. His first win came following a 99-63 season with the Chicago White Sox, in which La Russa led the club to the AL West title. It was by far the best season La Russa had in Chicago, and he was fired partway through the 1986 campaign with a 522-510 (.506) mark across eight seasons.

La Russa wasn't out of work long. He landed in Oakland in time to manage the final 79 games of the season for the Athletics. After a so-so year in 1987, La Russa and the A's won 104 games and captured the '88 AL pennant but fell to the Dodgers in the World Series. The 1989 A's was La Russa's first world championship team, and the '90 squad earned a third straight trip to the Fall Classic but were swept by the Reds.

After leaving for St. Louis after the 1995 campaign, La Russa and the Cardinals made the postseason in his first season in charge. In 16 years, La Russa led the Cards to the postseason nine times. The club reached the World Series for the first time under his direction in 2004 but fell to the Red Sox after winning 105 regular-season games. Two years later, an 83-78 Cardinals team topped the NL Central before marching through the playoffs and beating the Tigers in five games in the World Series. La Russa earned his third World Series ring in his final season, and he retired after a 33-year career ranked No. 3 on MLB's all-time wins list.

5. Joe Torre

New York Mets, 1977-81; Atlanta Braves, 1982-84; St. Louis Cardinals, 1990-95; New York Yankees, 1996-2007; Los Angeles Dodgers, 2008-10

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4 World Series titles (1996, '98, '99, 2000 Yankees)
6 AL pennants
2-time AL Manager of the Year (1996, '98)
Career record: 2,326-1,997 (.538)
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 2014

One of the most underrated and versatile players of his era, Torre also was underrated as a manager until he won four World Series titles with the New York Yankees, his fourth franchise as a skipper. Admittedly, Torre struggled in a five-year stint with the Mets. After spending a short time as player/manager in 1977, Torre became a full-time manager in '78 but posted a dismal .405 winning percentage in Queens and was fired at the end of the '81 season.

However, Torre landed on his feet with another team he had played for previously, the Atlanta Braves, and guided the club to a surprising NL West title in his first season. In three years with the Braves, Torre won 257 games and posted a .529 winning percentage but was let go following the 1984 campaign. After six seasons away from the field, St. Louis hired Torre, where he led the Cardinals to winning records in each of the three full seasons he managed the club, but he was once again fired after a 20-27 start in 1995 after a stint that covered parts of six seasons.

Finally, Torre found the perfect fit in the Bronx and led the Yankees to the club's first world championship in 18 years in his first season. He added three straight World Series wins from 1998-2000, becoming the third manager in MLB history to win three in a row. In 12 years, Torre's Yankees never missed the postseason. He finished his managerial career with two more division titles in three seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Torre retired with 2,326 career wins, which ranks fifth all-time. Only three managers won more World Series titles, and only one managed more games in the playoffs. Torre also is one of only nine managers to win at least six pennants.

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4. Sparky Anderson

Cincinnati Reds, 1970-78; Detroit Tigers, 1979-95

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3 World Series titles (1975, '76 Reds, 1984 Tigers)
4 NL pennants, 1 AL pennant
2-time AL Manager of the Year (1984, '87)
Career record: 2,194-1,834 (.545)
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 2000

Anderson made the conversion from player to manager when he was just 30 and spent five years managing in the minor leagues before he earned the third-base coaching job with the Padres in 1969. One year later, at 36, Anderson was named manager of the Cincinnati Reds. He was an immediate success.

Anderson helped Cincinnati improve from a third-place finish prior to his arrival to a 102-60 record in his first season and a trip to the World Series. Though Anderson's Reds lost to the Baltimore Orioles in five games, the building blocks of what would become the Big Red Machine were in place. Cincinnati won the NL pennant again in 1972 but fell to the Oakland A's in seven games in the Fall Classic. Finally, Anderson got over the hump in 1975, beating the Boston Red Sox in a dramatic seven-game series, and followed with a sweep of the New York Yankees in '76.

Anderson left the Reds following the 1978 season and posted a .596 winning percentage in nine years with the club. He took over the Detroit Tigers partway through the 1979 campaign and eventually built the team into a World Series winner. In 1984, Anderson became the first MLB manager to win a world championship in both the National League and the American League. He also won the first of two AL Manager of the Year awards that season.

Anderson took the Tigers to the postseason just twice in 17 seasons, but he won more than he lost in the Motor City and retired with 2,194 career victories, which ranks sixth on the all-time list.

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3. Casey Stengel

Brooklyn Dodgers, 1934-36; Boston Bees, 1938-40; Boston Braves, 1941-43; New York Yankees, 1949-60; New York Mets, 1962-65

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7 World Series titles (1949-53, '56, '58 Yankees)
10 AL pennants
Career record: 1,905-1,842 (.508)
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1966

Stengel's managerial career got off to a slow start. In nine seasons split between Brooklyn and Boston, he posted just one winning season, 1938, when he guided the Boston Bees to a mediocre 77-75 record and a fifth-place finish in the National League.

However, after a successful stint in the minor leagues, Stengel struck gold in 1949 when the New York Yankees hired him to manage. Stengel led the Yankees to the World Series title in each of his first five seasons with the club, which still stands as a record for consecutive world championships. He added two more titles and three more pennants and posted a .623 winning percentage in 12 years in the Bronx. Stengel failed to win 92 games only once with the Yankees and never posted a losing season with the club.

Unfortunately, Stengel's career record took a hit when he signed on to manage the expansion New York Mets in 1962. The Mets lost 120 games in their first season and followed with 111 losses in 1963 and 109 in ’64. Stengel retired during the 1965 campaign with a dreadful .302 winning percentage with the club.

Nevertheless, Stengel won seven World Series titles as a manager, which tied him with Joe McCarthy for the most in major league history.

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2. John McGraw

Baltimore Orioles, 1899, 1901-02; New York Giants, 1902-32

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3 World Series titles (1905, '21, '22 Giants)
10 NL Pennants
Career record: 2,763-1,948 (.586)
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1937

Only Connie Mack won more games as a big-league manager than McGraw (though McGraw held the record from 1918 until Mack broke it in '34). Overall, McGraw won 2,763 games in 33 years, including a National League-record 2,669 victories. He also holds the senior circuit record with 10 pennants, which also is tied for the most in major league history (Casey Stengel). Plus, McGraw still holds the record at 815 wins above .500 for his career.

A highly regarded player in his early days, McGraw spent the first eight seasons of his managerial career as a player/manager. He won his first NL pennant (1904) and first World Series (1905) while splitting time between managing and playing — though he played a total of 24 games across his final four seasons. In 1907, McGraw moved to the bench full time. McGraw posted a losing record in only two full seasons as a manager.

With back-to-back World Series titles in 1921-22, McGraw became the second manager in history to win three world championships. He was the first NL manager to do so, having only been beaten by Mack eight years earlier. He remains one of only 10 MLB managers to ever win three World Series rings and ranks among the top 10 all-time in winning percentage.

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1. Joe McCarthy

Chicago Cubs, 1926-30; New York Yankees, 1931-46; Boston Red Sox, 1948-50

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7 World Series titles (1932, '36-39, '41, '43 Yankees)
8 AL pennants, 1 NL pennant
Career record: 2,125-1,333 (.615)
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1957

No manager has won more World Series titles than McCarthy, who accomplished the feat seven times in 16 seasons with the New York Yankees. McCarthy's Yankees were 7-1 in the Fall Classic during his tenure, and he never recorded a losing season with the club. In fact, McCarthy didn't suffer a losing record in 24 years as a major league manager, having finished at least 10 games over .500 in every full season in which he managed.

Prior to becoming the skipper in New York, McCarthy posted a .579 winning percentage in five years with the Chicago Cubs. He guided the Cubs to the 1929 pennant, and when he repeated the feat with the Yankees in '32, McCarthy became the first manager in MLB history to win a pennant in both leagues.

McCarthy also ended his managerial career outside the Bronx, doing so with the rival Boston Red Sox. Though he never made it back to the World Series, McCarthy and the Red Sox made the playoffs in 1948 and lost to the Cleveland Indians, and he led Boston to 96 wins in each of his two full seasons with the club.

McCarthy, who managed some of the greatest players in history, including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig with the Yankees and Ted Williams with the Red Sox, retired with 2,125 career victories — which stood third on the MLB leaderboard at the time and still sits eighth all-time. Finally, McCarthy posted a .615 career winning percentage that still stands as the best in baseball history.

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