Last election was a relief for me because after three straight 0-fers we finally put our first manager in the HoME, Miller Huggins. We only have four candidates this election, but since they took home five World Series titles combined it’s not unreasonable to think that we’ll add another manager this election.
Especially when you see who we’re considering.
Two of our candidates are among the top-24 on the all-time list of games managed. And the other two are on our list largely because they took home a World Series title. It’s difficult to compare someone who managed for 33 years with guys who managed for five and six. Luckily we don’t have to do that. We’re looking at a standard of excellence. Just as not every player needs to be the equal of Honus Wagner or Mike Schmidt, for example, not every manager needs to be the equivalent of John McGraw to get into the HoME.
Three of our four candidates this election are Hall of Famers, two of them being elected as managers. Take a look at our short list.
G> WS Flags Yrs From W L % .500 Won Won ===================================================================================== Wilbert Robinson 19 1902-1931 1399 1398 .500 1 0 2 John McGraw 33 1899-1932 2763 1948 .586 815 3 10 Gabby Street 6 1929-1938 365 332 .524 33 1 2 Mickey Cochrane 5 1934-1938 348 250 .582 98 1 2
I think it’s obvious that one of these guys will be elected, but the questions are whether or not anyone else will be and whether or not anyone will get to our second phase. We’ll share results on Friday.