We’re on a hot streak! Two elections in a row we’ve put in a manager. And since we’re only electing 22 total, having a pair in at this point makes it feel like the manager’s wing of the Hall of Miller and Eric is moving in the right direction. Will anyone in our 1950 election join Miller Huggins and John McGraw? Let’s explore.
Each election I’ve been sharing with you how many of our candidates are in the Hall of Fame. All told, it’s 44 of the 100 managers we’ll review who are in. On one level, that’s pretty shocking. On another, we’re obviously dealing with a selection bias here. Clearly, we’re reviewing the cases of all 22 managers who are in the Hall. And the other issue is that for much of the early history of the game, until the 1940s, about one third of managers were player-managers, give or take. Really, there have been a ton of player-managers over the years, 221 to be exact. And those player managers were often star players. Let’s just look at the four guys who have served in that capacity since 1962. Frank Robinson is in the Hall. Pete Rose would be if he didn’t bet on baseball. Joe Torre should be in as a player. And then there’s Don Kessinger. In any case, lots of very good players have been managers. In brief, it should come as little surprise that 44% of them are in the Hall.
Moving on, we’re going to review six candidates this time around. One of them is called the best manager ever in many circles, and he’s the guy I dubbed the best ever before doing research. Another is the longest tenured guy ever. Three of the other four are in the Hall of Fame (two as players). And Eddie Dyer will forever be grateful for Enos Slaughter’s mad dash. Here they are.
G> WS Flags Yrs From W L % .500 Won Won ===================================================================================== Bill Terry 10 1932-1941 823 661 .555 162 1 3 Bill McKechnie 25 1915-1946 1896 1723 .524 173 2 4 Joe Cronin 15 1933-1947 1236 1055 .540 181 0 2 Connie Mack 53 1894-1950 3731 3948 .486 -217 5 9 Joe McCarthy 24 1926-1950 2125 1333 .615 792 7 9 Eddie Dyer 5 1946-1950 446 325 .578 121 1 1
Will anyone be elected? Will anyone move to our second phase? Results will be revealed on Friday.