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1900 Manager Candidates

He’s in the Hall as an executive. Might he make the HoME as a manager?

As we get started with our Hall of Miller and Eric manager project, we’re going to look at 13 managers whose careers ended by 1900. Given our fairly lenient rules (five seasons with a winning percentage above .500) for managerial consideration in the time before what we know as the World Series, it may be a little surprising that there are so few players to consider. However, this was a time of tremendous turnover in the managerial role. Of the 694 men who have ever managed major league teams, 181 of them were done by 1900. That’s over 26%. So it should come as no shock that of those 181 managers during this period, only 78 of them managed in more than one season. Now it all makes sense.

These guys weren’t like the managers today. Often, they were veteran players — ten of our thirteen nominees in this election started as player/managers. And often they were  business men. Chris Jaffe explains that they were a lot more like today’s traveling secretaries and clubhouse attendants than today’s managers. There just wasn’t enough money in the game to hire too many people, so manaers played multiple roles.

Strategy in any form didn’t really exist for much of this period. For a time, teams used just one pitcher. There wasn’t bunting for many years. There was no platooning to speak of. There was so little managing for many of these seasons that we’ve discussed not inducting managers before a certain point in time regardless of their performance. Luckily for us, our structure allows us to put off that decision for some time.

So here are our candidates in election number one. Those who are in the Hall in any role are so marked. And the World Series column refers to what were essentially exhibitions from 1884-1890, 1892. Thanks to the good folks at BBREF for these stats.

	                                                      G>     WS   Flags
                      Yrs   From         W      L       %    .500    Won  Won
=====================================================================================
Dick McBride           5   1871-1875    161     85    .654     76    0    1
Jimmy Wood             5   1871-1875    105	99    .515      6    0	  0
John Morrill           8   1882-1889    348    334    .510     14    0	  1
Jim Mutrie             9   1883-1891    658    419    .611    239    2	  3
Bill Sharsig           5   1886-1891    238    216    .524     22    0	  0
Harry Wright HOF      23   1871-1893   1225    885    .581    340    0	  6
Charlie Comiskey HOF  12   1883-1894    840    541    .608    299    1	  4
John Ward HOF          7   1880-1894	412    320    .563     92    0	  0
Bill McGunnigle        5   1888-1896	327    248    .569     79    0	  2
Cap Anson HOF         21   1875-1898   1295    947    .578    348    0	  5
Bill Watkins           9   1884-1899	452    444    .504      8    1	  1
Patsy Tebeau          11   1890-1900	726    583    .555    143    0 	  0
Buck Ewing HOF         7   1890-1900	489    395    .553     94    0	  0

The election results will be shared on Friday with those getting into the HoME, those moving on, and those out of our active consideration set being announced.

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