After today we will have elected five of the eleven managers in the second phase of our project, and we’ve yet to run into any controversy, basically agreeing on who to elect and obit without a heck of a lot of debate. I guess that’s a good thing. And I suppose the more intense debate will be coming soon, as we have fifteen managers to sift through for six remaining sport in the Hall of Miller and Eric.
Today Fred Clarke joins Joe Torre as the only two men in both the player wing and the manager wing of the HoME. And we bid farewell to Charlie Comiskey, better known as the owner of the Black Sox than for his managing days.
First we have an update as to where we are and then our HoME bio and obit.
Here are the sixteen men in the managerial wing of the Hall of Miller and Eric
Walter Alston Al Lopez Frank Selee Sparky Anderson Connie Mack Billy Southworth Fred Clarke Joe McCarthy Casey Stengel Bobby Cox John McGraw Joe Torre Miller Huggins Bill McKechnie Earl Weaver Tony LaRussa
And there are now just fifteen men we’ll consider for the remaining six spots.
G> WS Flags Yrs From W L % .500 Won Won Teams =================================================================================== Cap Anson 21 1875-1898 1295 947 .578 348 0 5 3 Frank Chance 11 1905-1923 946 648 .593 298 2 4 3 Leo Durocher 24 1939-1973 2008 1709 .540 299 1 3 4 Clark Griffith 20 1901-1920 1491 1367 .522 124 0 1 4 Ned Hanlon 19 1889-1907 1313 1164 .530 149 0 5 5 Whitey Herzog 18 1973-1990 1281 1125 .532 156 1 3 4 Ralph Houk 20 1961-1984 1619 1531 .514 88 2 3 3 Hughie Jennings 16 1907-1925 1184 995 .543 189 0 3 2 Tommy Lasorda 21 1976-1996 1599 1439 .526 160 2 4 1 Billy Martin 16 1969-1988 1253 1013 .553 240 1 2 5 Danny Murtaugh 15 1957-1976 1115 950 .540 165 2 2 1 Steve O'Neill 14 1935-1954 1040 821 .559 219 1 1 4 Lou Piniella 23 1986-2010 1835 1713 .517 122 1 1 5 Dick Williams 21 1967-1988 1571 1451 .520 120 2 4 6 Harry Wright 23 1871-1893 1225 885 .581 340 0 6 4
Hall of Miller and Eric
Already in the HoME as a left fielder similar to Al Simmons or Goose Goslin, Fred Clarke earns his second plaque today for his managerial accomplishments. He started his career taking over for the underwhelming Jim Rogers with the 1897 Louisville Colonels, leading that team for two-plus campaigns before being dealt to the Pittsburgh Pirates with HoMErs Honus Wagner, Rube Waddell, Tommy Leach, and other impressive talents. See, Louisville owner Barney Dreyfus owned half-interest in the Pirates, so what looked like a lopsided trade was really just a shifting of players from a franchise that was about to fold to one that wasn’t. What this meant for Clarke was a lot more talent in Pittsburgh than he was given to manage in Louisville. And with that talent he won three pennants in a row from 1901-1903. His 1903 Pirates led the Red Sox in the first World Series three games to one before dropping the final four straight. It took years to build up after that loss, as the Giants and Cubs began to dominate the NL. But in 1909, Clarke, the player, had his last excellent campaign, and Clarke, the manager, rode the great Honus Wagner and worked his pen beautifully on his way to 110 wins and a defeat of the Tigers in the World Series. Clarke won 1602 games in total and produced at a .576 rate. While he won only one World Series, he now has two plaques in the Hall of Miller and Eric.
As a player, Charlie Comiskey was mediocre. As an owner, he was cheap. As a manager, he was quite successful, just not successful enough for a spot in the HoME. He led three teams in twelve seasons, winning 840 games at a .608 clip. But it was his time with the St. Louis Browns of the American Association during which he achieved his greatest success. Each year from 1885-1888 he took home the pennant, and he won what was considered the equivalent of the World Series when his Browns beat the NL’s Chicago White Stockings in six games. As we had to consider the quality of the competition in the AA for players, so too we have to for managers. Comiskey’s record is quite good, though his career is short, and the best of it was in the AA. So no plaque for him. Maybe when we look at pioneers and executives? That’s unclear now. What is clear is that he’s not among the twenty-two best managers ever.
Five elections are down, and six remain. Come back next week to learn the identity of our 17th HoME manager.