Three elections down, no managers elected. Can we do better this time? Our candidates this election won nine of the 111 World Series titles ever. And they lost three more than that. So we have some quality this time out.
These candidates all managed in the era of Babe Ruth. The game changed forever in 1920 when Ruth was sent to the Yankees and became a full-time hitter. This was, perhaps, the most dramatic shift in the way the game has been played in the last century. One-run strategies became much less valuable, and managers needed to look at the game differently than they ever had in order to thrive.
This is also our first group of managers who began to run teams that had farm systems. This was a tremendous shift. Managers no longer had to rely on established business networks. Scouts became more prominent; general managers took a legitimate portion of what had heretofore been the responsibility of the manager.
Clearly, not everyone could adapt. Some of the six we’ll consider this election did so better than others. We have four Hall of Famers, though just one who’s in as a manager, plus the man who beat the Black Sox and a banker from Maine.
Here they are.
G> WS Flags Yrs From W L % .500 Won Won ===================================================================================== Frank Chance 11 1905-1923 946 648 .593 298 2 4 Pat Moran 9 1915-1923 748 586 .561 162 1 2 Hughie Jennings 16 1907-1925 1184 995 .543 189 0 3 Tris Speaker 8 1919-1926 617 520 .543 97 1 1 Miller Huggins 17 1913-1929 1413 1134 .555 279 3 6 Bill Carrigan 7 1913-1929 489 500 .494 -11 2 2
Our fourth results post will be out on Friday. Will we elect anyone, or will we go four straight preliminary round elections without a HoMEr? Tune in a few days from now when we announce the results of our fourth election.