WHO IS THE GREATEST MANAGER OF ALL TIME?

This isn’t an actual list where the managers are ranked from best to worst, but rather a look at the greatest managers.

1. MILLER HUGGINS

1913-1917 St. Louis Cardinals

1918-1929 New York Yankees

Pennants: 6

Championships: 3

Extra Pythagorean W-L: 37-11

Overall Playoff Series Results as Favorites/Not Underdogs: 3-2

Overall Playoff Series Results as Underdogs: 0-1

2. JOE MCCARTHY

1926-1930 Chicago Cubs

1931-1946 New York Yankees

1948-1950 Boston Red Sox

Pennants: 9

Championships: 7

Extra Pythagorean W-L: 38-36

Overall Playoff Series Results as Favorites/Not Underdogs: 6-1

Overall Playoff Series Results as Underdogs: 1-1

3. CASEY STENGEL

1934-1936 Brooklyn Dodgers

1938-1943 Boston Braves

1949-1960 New York Yankees

1962-1965 New York Mets

Pennants: 10

Championships: 7

Extra Pythagorean W-L: 40-32

Overall Playoff Series Results as Favorites/Not Underdogs: 5-3

Overall Playoff Series Results as Underdogs: 2-0

4. JOE TORRE

1977-1981 New York Mets

1982-1984 Atlanta Braves

1990-1995 St. Louis Cardinals

1996-2007 New York Yankees

2008-2010 Los Angeles Dodgers

Pennants: 6

Championships: 4

Extra Pythagorean W-L: 69-42

Overall Playoff Series Results as Favorites/Not Underdogs: 15-10

Overall Playoff Series Results as Underdogs: 4-1

5. JOHN MCGRAW

1899 Baltimore Orioles

1901-1902 Baltimore Orioles

1902-1932 New York Giants

Pennants: 10

Championships: 3

Extra Pythagorean W-L: 45-66

Overall Playoff Series Results as Favorites/Not Underdogs: 3-6

Overall Playoff Series Results as Underdogs: 0-0

6. SPARKY ANDERSON

1970-1978 Cincinnati Reds

1979-1995 Detroit Tigers

Pennants: 5

Championships: 3

Extra Pythagorean W-L: 48-28

Overall Playoff Series Results as Favorites/Not Underdogs: 7-3

Overall Playoff Series Results as Underdogs: 1-1

7. TONY LA RUSSA

1979-1986 Chicago White Sox

1986-1995 Oakland Athletics

1996-2011 St. Louis Cardinals

Pennants: 6

Championships: 3

Extra Pythagorean W-L: 57-39*

Overall Playoff Series Results as Favorites/Not Underdogs: 9-9

Overall Playoff Series Results as Underdogs: 7-2

*He was fired by the Chicago White Sox early in the 1986 season, so I wasn’t sure which manager was responsible for the 3 losses below the expected record. I also didn’t know if he was responsible for the 2 losses below the expected record for Oakland that season for the same reason.

8. BOBBY COX

1978-1981 Atlanta Braves

1982-1985 Toronto Blue Jays

1990-2010 Atlanta Braves

Pennants: 5

Championships: 1

Extra Pythagorean W-L: 49-35

Overall Playoff Series Results as Favorites/Not Underdogs: 11-13

Overall Playoff Series Results as Underdogs: 1-1

9. CONNIE MACK

1894-1896 Pittsburgh Pirates

1901-1950 Philadelphia Athletics

Pennants: 9

Championships: 5

Extra Pythagorean W-L: 94-85

Overall Playoff Series Results as Favorites/Not Underdogs: 5-2

Overall Playoff Series Results as Underdogs: 0-1

10. EARL WEAVER

1968-1982 Baltimore Orioles

1985-1986 Baltimore Orioles

Pennants: 4

Championships: 1

Extra Pythagorean W-L: 46-27*

Overall Playoff Series Results as Favorites/Not Underdogs: 5-5

Overall Playoff Series Results as Underdogs: 1-0

*I excluded the 3 extra games they were supposed to win in 1985 as Weaver was only one of 3 managers that season.

11. WALTER ALSTON

1954-1957 Brooklyn Dodgers

1958-1976 Los Angeles Dodgers

Pennants: 7

Championships: 4

Extra Pythagorean W-L: 59-33

Overall Playoff Series Results as Favorites/Not Underdogs: 3-3

Overall Playoff Series Results as Underdogs: 2-0

Who is the greatest? My vote is for Joe Torre.

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