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Phase II, Election IX

Ned Hanlon PhotoAs we approach the end of our manager project – just two more to induct after today – we see the same thing that we saw with the players. As most people could predict, those who get in don’t have tremendously better cases than those who are out. And with managers, we don’t have numbers, debatable as they may be, that we trust as much as our numbers for players. Offensive WAR is fairly easy to trust. And even if defensive WAR isn’t, managers present different challenges. Was the manager himself great, did he just have great players, or did he find a way to get greatness out of only good talent? For us anyway, that’s harder to figure.

In any case, we’re almost there. Today we add Ned Hanlon to the Hall of Miller and Eric. And we’ll also present one obituary. As with Clark Griffith as a player, Clark Griffith as a manager falls just short. If the HoME were 10% larger than the Hall, perhaps he’d be in both wings. Alas.

As always, here are your updates.

Walter Alston      Miller Huggins     Frank Selee
Sparky Anderson    Tony La Russa      Billy Southworth
Cap Anson          Al Lopez           Casey Stengel
Fred Clarke        Connie Mack        Joe Torre
Bobby Cox          Joe McCarthy       Earl Weaver
Leo Durocher       John McGraw        Dick Williams
Ned Hanlon         Bill McKechnie  

Two spots left, and there are just six managers we’re still considering. For those who are especially observant, you’ll notice Pat Moran is again under consideration. The winner of the 1915 pennant with Philadelphia and the 1919 World Series with Cincinnati, maybe, possibly, was let go too soon. Among players we wrote an obituary for Roy Campanella but later decided to enshrine him. Perhaps we’ll do the same for Moran? Time will tell.

                                                          G>	WS    Flags
                  Yrs     From       W      L       %   .500    Won   Won    Teams
Frank Chance	   11	1905-1923    946    648	  .593	 298     2     4       3
Whitey Herzog	   18	1973-1990   1281   1125	  .532	 156	 1     3       4
Tommy Lasorda	   21	1976-1996   1599   1439	  .526	 160	 2     4       1
Billy Martin	   16	1969-1988   1253   1013	  .553	 240	 1     2       5
Pat Moran           9   1915-1923    323    257   .557    66     1     2       2
Harry Wright	   23	1871-1893   1225    885	  .581	 340	 0     6       4

Hall of Miller and Eric

Sometimes referred to as “The Father of Modern Baseball” Ned Hanlon led five teams over nineteen seasons, gaining his most fame with the National League’s Baltimore Orioles and Brooklyn Superbas. He brought innovations like the hit-and-run and Baltimore Chop into prominence and put tremendous pressure on his opponents. A more appropriate nickname for Hanlon might be “The Father of All Managers”. John McGraw, Connie Mack, and Miller Huggins all played for him. And HoMErs Casey Stengel, Billy Southworth, Bill McKechnie, Leo Durocher, Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, Dick Williams, Earl Weaver, and Bobby Cox all have their managerial family trees trace back to Hanlon. The Baltimore Orioles finished eighth in his first season there; then they won three straight pennants. After moving to Brooklyn, Hanlon immediately turned that team around. The 1898 Bridegrooms won 54 games and finished tenth. When Hanlon got their, their name and their fortunes changes. The Superbas won 101 games and their first of two NL pennants under Hanlon. Overall Hanlon won 1313 games, five pennants, and posted a .530 winning percentage. Clearly he’s one of the greatest managers ever to grace the dugout.


Clark GriffithMy highest ranked player who is eligible for, but not in, the HoME is Clark Griffith. So I was very excited to see that he has an impressive managerial record as well. Over 20 seasons, he won 1491 games at a .522 rate. He’s 22nd all-time in wins, and only twelve managers can say that they topped Griffith in both wins and winning percentage. Further, almost no other pitcher ever served as a player/manager. Griffith was unique. His leadership skills are unquestioned. As one of the main organizers of the American League, convincing many NL greats to jump to the new Junior Circuit. Unfortunately for Griffith’s HoME case, he just didn’t win much. After an AL pennant in his first year managing, 1901 with the White Sox, Griffith never finished first again for the White Sox, Highlanders, Reds, or Senators. Maybe Griffith’s HoME chances aren’t over though. As the only person ever in the game to act as a player, a manager, and an owner for at least 20 seasons, there’s a chance we find a way to elect him as a combination candidate. But that day is not today.

Twenty down and just two managers to go. Next week we’ll get within one.




4 thoughts on “Phase II, Election IX

  1. With only 2 selections remaining, have you decided where you’re headed next (Negro Leagues, executives, umps, etc) yet? Always interesting stuff and I’d like to see it continue.

    Posted by verdun2 | February 5, 2016, 8:07 am
  2. Next will be pioneers and executives. There are 28 in the Hall, so we have some work to do!

    Posted by Miller | February 5, 2016, 8:34 am
  3. There are some easy calls. Abner Doubleday is wrong, of course. And there are some glaring omissions I don’t want to reveal yet, which will make the early part of the project easy enough. But the later HoMErs will be pretty difficult to determine, no doubt.

    Posted by Miller | February 5, 2016, 9:07 am

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