The 7 Most Famous Field Managers in New York Yankees History

The key word in the title is “famous” as opposed to successful. The Bronx Bombers have won 27 World Series with the second place (runner-up) team not even visible in the upper deck. Nine Yankees managers have brought home the bacon, although a trio of these (Joe Girardi, Bucky Harris and Bob Lemon) each have a World Series title but are not on this list.

Here we go:

Joseph V. (Joe) McCarthy. New York Yankees, 1935.

Joe McCarthy, 1931-46

McCarthy won seven World Championships. The “Damn Yankees” seed was planted as these teams were led by Gehrig & Co.

Casey Stengel. Courtesy of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Casey Stengel, 1949-60

The ole professor (from Ole Miss fame) also won seven world championships, including five straight. When asked by reporters to state his secret to success, Casey responded, “filling out the lineup card.”

Miller Huggins

Miller Huggins, 1918-29

Huggins brought home three titles and had to deal with “the Babe” and The House That Ruth Built!

Joe Torre

Joe Torre, 1996-2007

Torre is winner of four World Series with the help of one Mariano Rivera, the greatest reliever EVER!

John McGraw

John McGraw, 1901 

McGraw was the Yankees first manager and a Hall of Famer who only stayed less than two seasons.

Ralph Houk

Ralph Houk, 1961-63

The Major would win two championships in just three years with the Chairman of the Board, Whitey Ford and Mickey Mantle providing the punch. Having Berra, Howard, Maris, Richardson and Arroyo didn’t hurt either.

Billy Martin

Billy Martin

A five-time Yankee manager and winner of one World Series title (1977) and possibly the all-time favorite manager of the fans, “brawling Billy” was admired by many and respected by all.

Some other Yankee skippers included Clark Griffith (1903-08) when the team was known as the Highlanders; Yogi Berra, Bill Dickey and Dick Howser, who enjoyed the highest winning percentage of the 32, bringing in a .632 clip. Aaron Boone suits up as the 33rd manager this 2018 season. He will wear number 17. Boone played for the Yankees in 2003 and was an All-Star that year. He is 44 years old.

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  1. The New York Highlanders/Yankees began play in 1903. In 1901, the franchise was in Baltimore.

    John J. McGraw managed the Baltimore Orioles in 1901 and part of the 1902 season. He left during the 1902 season to join the New York Giants, where he earned the vase amount of his fame. He has never been associated with the New York Yankees.

    The Orioles franchise moved to New York City in 1903 and adopted the “Highlanders” nickname. The team changed its nickname to “Yankees” in 1913.

    I think the “Old Perfessor” may be the most famous Yankees manager but this list is good.

    Based solely on fame, I think Yogi Berra must be included.

  2. Loretta, Your point about Yogi is well
    taken. Many years ago I became good
    friends with his minor league skipper,
    George Selkirk. The stories were
    fascinating. In compiling the list, it is
    based on the franchise and this is the
    reason #5 is included.

  3. Thank you. I realize that is why John J. McGraw is listed. However, calling him a “New York Yankees manager” is about the same as calling Kirby Puckett a famous Washington Senator.

    I did not know George Selkirk but several friends of mine knew him well when he was GM of the expansion Senators.

  4. One final comment (Mr. Puckett aside), I never take issue with Wikipedia. The primary purpose
    of the piece (and most stories for that matter) is to stimulate discussion and interest opposed to
    attempting to rewrite or alter history.