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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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    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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