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1990 Candidates

Can my favorite manager before Terry Francona make it into the HoME this time 'round?

Can my favorite manager before Terry Francona make it into the HoME this time ’round?

Brain drain is the result of highly intelligent people leaving a country or a company for better prospects elsewhere. Major League Baseball experienced a bit of a brain drain 35-40 years ago when three Hall of Fame managers, Earl Weaver, Dick Williams, and Whitey Herzog retired. During these years the game also saw the death of Dick Howser and the retirement of Gene Mauch, Billy Martin, and Red Schoendienst. Lots of greats left the game right around the same time.

Overall, the 1990 ballot may be one of our stronger and certainly most interesting to date. There aren’t many managers with whom I’d have more liked to discuss the game than Weaver. And it’s possible that Billy Martin is the person I’d most like to have been with in a bar. Just for one drink though. Martin wasn’t to be trusted so much once he got loaded.

Our eleven managers this round won the World Series eleven times and got there on 22 occasions. Here they are.

	                                                      G>    WS    Flags
                    Yrs     From        W      L       %    .500    Won   Won
=====================================================================================
Bob Lemon            8    1970-1982     430    403   .516     27     1     2
Ralph Houk          20    1961-1984    1619   1531   .514     88     2     3
Bill Virdon         13    1972-1984     995    921   .519     74     0     0
Earl Weaver         17    1968-1986    1480   1060   .583    420     1     4
Dick Howser          8    1978-1986     507    425   .544     82     1     1
Gene Mauch          26    1960-1987    1902   2037   .483   -135     0     0
Dick Williams       21    1967-1988    1571   1451   .520    120     2     4
Chuck Tanner        19    1970-1988    1352   1381   .495    -29     1     1
Billy Martin        16    1969-1988    1253   1013   .553    240     1     2
Whitey Herzog       18    1973-1990    1281   1125   .532    156     1     3
Red Schoendienst    14    1965-1990    1041    955   .522     86     1     2

Check out our site on Friday to see if any of this group find their way into the Hall of Miller and Eric in our 1990 voting.

Miller

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2 thoughts on “1990 Candidates

  1. Houk is a very interesting manager. Much success with NY, not so much with Detroit. Will be interesting to see your take on him.
    v

    Posted by verdun2 | November 2, 2015, 7:48 am
  2. My memory of him in Boston is that he was dreadful. Of course, even managing is a young(er) man’s game, it seems.

    Posted by Miller | November 2, 2015, 8:40 am

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