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KEY: World Series title     AL Pennant title     Playoff appearances     Hall of Fame as a manager     Hall of Fame as a player

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Games above .500
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Name
1901-06
1
Jimmy Collins
6 season(s)
Games:
842
Wins:
455
Losses:
376
Win pct.:
.548

He won the first World Series vs. the Pirates with superb strategy in the clinching Game 8. He probably would have won back-to-back had the 1904 World Series been played.

Games Over or Under .500:
79
Average Finish:
3
Best Finish:
1
Worst Finish:
8
Post Season:
6
7
1906
2
Chick Stahl
1 season(s)
Games:
40
Wins:
14
Losses:
26
Win pct.:
.350

Acting manager for 40 games during suspensions of Jimmy Collins in 1906. Was slated to be manager in '07 but quit and subsequently committed suicide just before start of season

Games Over or Under .500:
-12
Average Finish:
8
Best Finish:
8
Worst Finish:
8
Post Season:
0
37
1907
3
Cy Young
1 season(s)
Games:
6
Wins:
3
Losses:
3
Win pct.:
.500

Acting manager for six games at start of '07 season.

Games Over or Under .500:
0
Average Finish:
7
Best Finish:
7
Worst Finish:
7
Post Season:
0
44
1907
4
George Huff
1 season(s)
Games:
8
Wins:
2
Losses:
6
Win pct.:
.250

Hired away from University of Illinois to succeed Young, but quit after just eight games

Games Over or Under .500:
-4
Average Finish:
7
Best Finish:
7
Worst Finish:
7
Post Season:
0
19
1907
5
Bob Unglaub
1 season(s)
Games:
29
Wins:
9
Losses:
20
Win pct.:
.310

First baseman and team captain took over for Huff but lasted just 29 games

Games Over or Under .500:
-11
Average Finish:
7
Best Finish:
7
Worst Finish:
7
Post Season:
0
38
1907-08
6
Deacon McGuire
2 season(s)
Games:
227
Wins:
98
Losses:
123
Win pct.:
.443

In 1908, McGuire became the first to manage the "Red Sox," when the name was changed from the Americans. Speaker began asserting himself as a great defender in center and speedy leadoff man.

Games Over or Under .500:
-25
Average Finish:
6
Best Finish:
5
Worst Finish:
7
Post Season:
0
28
1908-09
7
Fred Lake
2 season(s)
Games:
192
Wins:
110
Losses:
80
Win pct.:
.579

He revived the Sox, bringing along the exciting outfield of Tris Speaker, Duffy Lewis, and Harry Hooper and infusing life into a franchise that had lost 195 games in 1906 and '07.

Games Over or Under .500:
30
Average Finish:
3.4
Best Finish:
3
Worst Finish:
5
Post Season:
0
25
1910-11
8
Patsy Donovan
2 season(s)
Games:
311
Wins:
159
Losses:
147
Win pct.:
.520

A career of managerial mediocrity extended to his Sox stint. Smoky Joe Wood became a big star under Donovan's watch, and his tenure paved the way for the opening of Fenway Park in 1912.

Games Over or Under .500:
12
Average Finish:
4.5
Best Finish:
4
Worst Finish:
5
Post Season:
0
10
1912-13
9
Jake Stahl
2 season(s)
Games:
235
Wins:
144
Losses:
88
Win pct.:
.621

Stahl didn't manage very long, but the 1912 Sox won a team-record 105 games, and the talented team was not to be denied thanks to the "$30,000 muff" by Giants outfielder Fred Snodgrass in the World Series.

Games Over or Under .500:
56
Average Finish:
2
Best Finish:
1
Worst Finish:
4
Post Season:
3
36
1913-16; '27-29
10
Bill Carrigan
7 season(s)
Games:
1,003
Wins:
489
Losses:
500
Win pct.:
.494

With back-to-back World Series titles (when he nurtured The Babe), Carrigan's ranking might have been higher but for his horrible comeback in the late '20s when he managed some of the worst teams in Sox history.

Games Over or Under .500:
-11
Average Finish:
4.6
Best Finish:
1
Worst Finish:
8
Post Season:
8
5
1917
11
Jack Barry
1 season(s)
Games:
157
Wins:
90
Losses:
62
Win pct.:
.592

Had one very good year as player-manager after winning as a player in 1915 and '16. The longtime Holy Cross baseball coach went off to war in 1918 and had to relinquish his managing duties.

Games Over or Under .500:
28
Average Finish:
2
Best Finish:
2
Worst Finish:
2
Post Season:
0
3
1918-20
12
Ed Barrow
3 season(s)
Games:
418
Wins:
213
Losses:
203
Win pct.:
.512

The last manager to win a championship before Terry Francona, Barrow won the 1918 World Series in a war-shortened season and made the winning decision to go with World Series hero and defensive whiz George Whiteman in left field.

Games Over or Under .500:
10
Average Finish:
4.1
Best Finish:
1
Worst Finish:
6
Post Season:
4
2
1921-22
13
Hugh Duffy
2 season(s)
Games:
308
Wins:
136
Losses:
172
Win pct.:
.442

A Hall of Fame player, Duffy was in the wrong place at the wrong time, falling victim to owner Henry Frazee's tempestuous post-Babe Ruth days with a watered-down roster.

Games Over or Under .500:
-36
Average Finish:
6.5
Best Finish:
5
Worst Finish:
8
Post Season:
0
11
1923
14
Frank Chance
1 season(s)
Games:
154
Wins:
61
Losses:
91
Win pct.:
.401

The last manager to win a Chicago Cubs championship (1908), Chance - who won two championships as a player-manager with the Cubs - managed the final Frazee season.

Games Over or Under .500:
-30
Average Finish:
8
Best Finish:
8
Worst Finish:
8
Post Season:
0
6
1924-26
15
Lee Fohl
3 season(s)
Games:
463
Wins:
160
Losses:
299
Win pct.:
.349

Fohl hung in there for three seasons despite a horrible roster. He is the only manager in Sox history with two 100-plus loss seasons. Fohl helped put out a fire at Fenway in 1926, but he had no chance to spark anything.

Games Over or Under .500:
-139
Average Finish:
7.7
Best Finish:
7
Worst Finish:
8
Post Season:
0
12
1930
16
Heinie Wagner
1 season(s)
Games:
154
Wins:
52
Losses:
102
Win pct.:
.338

In his only season as a major league manager, Wagner oversaw one of the worst teams in Sox history.

Games Over or Under .500:
-50
Average Finish:
8
Best Finish:
8
Worst Finish:
8
Post Season:
0
40
1931-32
17
Shano Collins
2 season(s)
Games:
208
Wins:
73
Losses:
134
Win pct.:
.353

Collins managed a dreadful roster of over-the-hill and overweight players. Earl Webb hit a record 67 doubles in '31 to highlight that season and in '32 Collins started 11-44 before quitting.

Games Over or Under .500:
-61
Average Finish:
6.5
Best Finish:
6
Worst Finish:
8
Post Season:
0
8
1932-23
18
Marty McManus
2 season(s)
Games:
248
Wins:
95
Losses:
153
Win pct.:
.383

McManus took over for Shano Collins after 55 games in '32 and in his only full season in '33 won 63 games. McManus was fired by Yawkey before the '34 season.

Games Over or Under .500:
-58
Average Finish:
7.4
Best Finish:
7
Worst Finish:
8
Post Season:
0
29
1934
19
Bucky Harris
1 season(s)
Games:
153
Wins:
76
Losses:
76
Win pct.:
.500

It was one year in Harris's 29-year Hall of Fame managerial career, but there was nothing distinguishable about it except that he was Tom Yawkey's first hire.

Games Over or Under .500:
0
Average Finish:
4
Best Finish:
4
Worst Finish:
4
Post Season:
0
14
1935-47
20
Joe Cronin
13 season(s)
Games:
2,007
Wins:
1,071
Losses:
916
Win pct.:
.539

Managed the most games in Red Sox history, but lost his only World Series, in 1946, when the Sox won 104 regular-season games and should have won it all.

Games Over or Under .500:
155
Average Finish:
3.9
Best Finish:
1
Worst Finish:
7
Post Season:
2
9
1948-50
21
Joe McCarthy
3 season(s)
Games:
369
Wins:
223
Losses:
145
Win pct.:
.606

McCarthy had frustrating ends to two seasons, which diminish his accomplishments. In '48, it was his decision to pitch Denny Galehouse in a one-game playoff with the Indians, and in '49, the Sox lost the pennant in the final weekend.

Games Over or Under .500:
78
Average Finish:
2.2
Best Finish:
2
Worst Finish:
3
Post Season:
0
27
1950-51
22
Steve O'Neill
2 season(s)
Games:
249
Wins:
150
Losses:
99
Win pct.:
.602

He inherited Joe McCarthy's talented lineup partway through 1950 and couldn't quite lead the Sox to the pennant. This hands-off manager had a good record, but fell short like so many others.

Games Over or Under .500:
51
Average Finish:
3
Best Finish:
3
Worst Finish:
3
Post Season:
0
32
1952-54
23
Lou Boudreau
3 season(s)
Games:
463
Wins:
229
Losses:
232
Win pct.:
.497

He managed during a transitional period when he phased out some older players and replaced them with young stars such as Jimmy Piersall and Harry Agganis. The Boudreau era was uneventful.

Games Over or Under .500:
-3
Average Finish:
4.7
Best Finish:
4
Worst Finish:
6
Post Season:
0
4
1955-59; '60-62
24
Pinky Higgins
8 season(s)
Games:
1,119
Wins:
560
Losses:
556
Win pct.:
.502

Hard to understand how he could have managed so long given the racism that came through in his managing and personnel decisions. Higgins certainly knew the game, but the rest of it was unforgivable.

Games Over or Under .500:
4
Average Finish:
5.1
Best Finish:
3
Worst Finish:
8
Post Season:
0
16
1959
25
Rudy York
1 season(s)
Games:
1
Wins:
0
Losses:
1
Win pct.:
.0

Interim manager for one game in 1959 between firing of Higgins and hiring of Jurges

Games Over or Under .500:
-1
Average Finish:
5
Best Finish:
5
Worst Finish:
5
Post Season:
0
43
1959-60
26
Billy Jurges
2 season(s)
Games:
122
Wins:
59
Losses:
63
Win pct.:
.484

The most consequential thing that happened during Jurges's tenure is the team brought up its first African-American player - Pumpsie Green. Jurges left the team in May of 1960, Ted Williams's final season.

Games Over or Under .500:
-4
Average Finish:
5.7
Best Finish:
5
Worst Finish:
7
Post Season:
0
21
1960
27
Del Baker
1 season(s)
Games:
7
Wins:
2
Losses:
5
Win pct.:
.286

Interim manager for seven games in 1960 between firing of Jurges and return of Higgins

Games Over or Under .500:
-3
Average Finish:
7
Best Finish:
7
Worst Finish:
7
Post Season:
0
1
1963-64; '80
28
Johnny Pesky
3 season(s)
Games:
326
Wins:
147
Losses:
179
Win pct.:
.451

The emergence of Dick Radatz as the most feared closer in the American League and the introduction of Tony Conigliaro to the big leagues were Pesky's major contributions.

Games Over or Under .500:
-32
Average Finish:
7.4
Best Finish:
4
Worst Finish:
8
Post Season:
0
33
1964-66
29
Billy Herman
3 season(s)
Games:
310
Wins:
128
Losses:
182
Win pct.:
.413

A bleak time for the Sox, who were building toward the Impossible Dream. Conigliaro was becoming a top slugger. The Sox started weeding out older players, but Herman didn't have much of a chance with the assembled roster.

Games Over or Under .500:
-54
Average Finish:
9
Best Finish:
8
Worst Finish:
9
Post Season:
0
15
1966
30
Pete Runnels
1 season(s)
Games:
16
Wins:
8
Losses:
8
Win pct.:
.500

Interim manager for final 16 games in 1966 after firing of Herman

Games Over or Under .500:
0
Average Finish:
9
Best Finish:
9
Worst Finish:
9
Post Season:
0
35
1967-69
31
Dick Williams
3 season(s)
Games:
477
Wins:
260
Losses:
217
Win pct.:
.545

Williams's Impossible Dream Red Sox of 1967 and his prediction of "we'll win more than we lose" started the era of modern baseball in Boston.

Games Over or Under .500:
43
Average Finish:
2.7
Best Finish:
1
Worst Finish:
4
Post Season:
2
41
1969; '73
32
Eddie Popowski
2 season(s)
Games:
10
Wins:
6
Losses:
4
Win pct.:
.600

Interim manager for final nine games in 1969 after firing of Dick Williams and final game of 1973 after firing of Kasko

Games Over or Under .500:
2
Average Finish:
2.9
Best Finish:
2
Worst Finish:
3
Post Season:
0
34
1970-73
33
Eddie Kasko
4 season(s)
Games:
640
Wins:
345
Losses:
295
Win pct.:
.539

Never flashy or exciting, but Kasko was solid. If Luis Aparicio hadn't stumbled around third base the last weekend of '72, he would have had a more prominent place in Sox history.

Games Over or Under .500:
50
Average Finish:
2.5
Best Finish:
2
Worst Finish:
3
Post Season:
0
22
1974-76
34
Darrell Johnson
3 season(s)
Games:
408
Wins:
220
Losses:
188
Win pct.:
.539

Emphasized youngsters Dwight Evans, Cecil Cooper, and the Gold Dust Twins (Jim Rice and Fred Lynn) to excel in 1975. He lost to the Big Red Machine in the greatest World Series ever.

Games Over or Under .500:
32
Average Finish:
2.2
Best Finish:
1
Worst Finish:
3
Post Season:
2
20
1976-80
35
Don Zimmer
5 season(s)
Games:
715
Wins:
411
Losses:
304
Win pct.:
.575

The collapse in 1978, including the playoff-game loss to the Yankees, will always stick out like a sore thumb in Zimmer's Sox biography. But he is one of three Sox managers who won 90 or more games in three seasons.

Games Over or Under .500:
107
Average Finish:
3
Best Finish:
2
Worst Finish:
4
Post Season:
0
45
1981-84
36
Ralph Houk
4 season(s)
Games:
594
Wins:
312
Losses:
282
Win pct.:
.525

The former Yankees skipper was brought in to develop young Sox players and did just that, bringing along Bruce Hurst, Oil Can Boyd, John Tudor, and Bob Ojeda, and introducing Roger Clemens to the major leagues.

Games Over or Under .500:
30
Average Finish:
4.2
Best Finish:
2
Worst Finish:
6
Post Season:
0
18
1985-88
37
John McNamara
4 season(s)
Games:
571
Wins:
297
Losses:
273
Win pct.:
.521

McNamara managed an outstanding 1986 season featuring superstar Clemens before the World Series collapse when he made a series of strange moves, including not subbing defensively for Bill Buckner in Game 6.

Games Over or Under .500:
24
Average Finish:
3.3
Best Finish:
1
Worst Finish:
5
Post Season:
3
30
1988-91
38
Joe Morgan
4 season(s)
Games:
563
Wins:
301
Losses:
262
Win pct.:
.535

Morgan was the right guy at the right time, engineering the Morgan Magic run when the organization truly needed a lift after the negativity of the John McNamara years.

Games Over or Under .500:
39
Average Finish:
2.2
Best Finish:
1
Worst Finish:
3
Post Season:
2
31
1992-94
39
Butch Hobson
3 season(s)
Games:
439
Wins:
207
Losses:
232
Win pct.:
.472

Morgan should never have been fired, but the Sox wanted to make room for what they thought was this up-and-comer. Hobson never quite had the players to make it work, and by the time he learned on the job, he was gone.

Games Over or Under .500:
-25
Average Finish:
5.5
Best Finish:
4
Worst Finish:
7
Post Season:
0
17
1995-96
40
Kevin Kennedy
2 season(s)
Games:
306
Wins:
171
Losses:
135
Win pct.:
.559

A well-prepared game manager, he led a Sox team that had limited talent to a division title in strike-shortened '95, and nearly overcame a 3-15 start in 1996 with a late-season push that fell short.

Games Over or Under .500:
36
Average Finish:
2.1
Best Finish:
1
Worst Finish:
3
Post Season:
1
23
1997-01
41
Jimy Williams
5 season(s)
Games:
766
Wins:
414
Losses:
352
Win pct.:
.540

He was a good teaching manager who developed young players. A good communicator, he fell short as a spokesman and/or face of the organization.

Games Over or Under .500:
62
Average Finish:
2.4
Best Finish:
2
Worst Finish:
4
Post Season:
2
42
2001
42
Joe Kerrigan
1 season(s)
Games:
43
Wins:
17
Losses:
26
Win pct.:
.395

When Kerrigan took over for Jimy Williams on Aug. 16, 2001, the Sox were two games behind Oakland for the wild card. When it was over, the Sox were 19 1/2 games out of the wild card.

Games Over or Under .500:
-9
Average Finish:
2
Best Finish:
2
Worst Finish:
2
Post Season:
0
24
2002-03
43
Grady Little
2 season(s)
Games:
324
Wins:
188
Losses:
136
Win pct.:
.580

Two good seasons were spoiled by the Pedro Martinez meltdown in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS against the Yankees. While players loved him, his managing-on-instinct style abandoned him at the most crucial moment.

Games Over or Under .500:
52
Average Finish:
2
Best Finish:
2
Worst Finish:
2
Post Season:
1
26
2004-11
44
Terry Francona
8 season(s)
Games:
1,296
Wins:
744
Losses:
552
Win pct.:
.574

Two championships tie him with Bill Carrigan for most by any Red Sox manager. While benefiting from excellent talent and resources, he has been the perfect fit in the most pressure-packed situation in Red Sox history.

Games Over or Under .500:
192
Average Finish:
2.3
Best Finish:
1
Worst Finish:
3
Post Season:
11
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BASEBALL CARDS COURTESY OF JOHN CARNEY, MICHAEL DUMONT, CHAD FINN AND BOB RICHARDSON.

Daigo Fujiwara, Tom Giratikanon, Luke Knox/Globe Staff

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