Second-Longest Managerial Term with the New York Yankees

by admin ~ June 19th, 2009


Joe Torre who was with the Yankees for 12 years is indeed one the many outstanding managers of the New York Yankees garnering a win-loss record of 1173-767 in a regular season games of 1,942. He has the longest managerial career with the Yankees knowing that the owner George Steinbrenner is very well-known for firing his team managers.

If you pay attention to the number of years each manager lasted with the team. I think you will find it amazing that Joseph Paul Torre (this is his full name), after having a rough start with the Yankees, will really make him a very popular manager at his 60’s. He was making headlines like being called “Clueless Joe” when he first managed the team, and to break the expectation of many, he lead the Yankees to the playoffs for 12 seasons.

He also led the New York Yankees to the World Series since 1981. It is very hard to remember a person’s shortcomings when you already have established yourself. The bad start didn’t bother Torre at all. To mention his most successful year, it was 1998.

Torre returned with a simple smile on his face for sure intended to those who did not give him the chance to prove himself. The nickname clueless Joe is very inappropriate. He might have told the opposing fans, “so who is clueless now?”

All through his last year with the New York Yankees, Joe Torre got his 2000th win and he was the first MLB manager to win 2000 games and have 2000 hits to boot.

He also directed the Yankees  to its 13th consecutive post season appearance in his 2006-2007 accomplishment with the team.

So why is Joe Torre only called the second-longest manager under the business tycoon Steinbrenner? That is because the Manager who holds the record for the longest managerial term is Joe McCarthy.

New York Yankee Managers - Through the Years

by stephanie ~ June 6th, 2009

From 1913 - 2009, the Yankee’s has been in 47 play-off appearances. Past managers who handled the team started with John Mc Graw when they still played as “Baltimore Orioles” in 1901 and 1902.

Clark Griffith directed the Yankee’s from 1903 to 1908, partnered with Kid Elbeld in 1908. During this time, Clark Griffith was termed as the “old Fox.” He was a Major League Baseball pitcher and a team owner. Now, in 1909 and 1910, George Stallings managed the team with Hal Chase in 1910. Around this time, they played as the New York Highlanders. It is very interesting and that Stallings was with the team for only 2 years. He died of a heart disease and when his doctor inquired why he had a bad heart — he answered him in a joking manner that it was “those damn bases on balls.”

Short years for New York Yankee managers were from 1911-1914 because they changed every year from Hal Chase alone in 1911, Harry Wolverton in 1912, Frank Chance in 1913 and partner Roger Pekinpaugh in 1914. Bill Donovan managed the team starting from 1915 to 1917, 3 straight short years and was taken over by Miller Huggins, who was with the team until 1929. He was partnered with Art Fletcher during the last year of his reign. He was nicknamed “Mighty Mite.” He won 6 American League Pennants and 3 World Series Championships. He died of an eye problem at age 50 and was in Baseball Hall of Fame in 1964,

Another manager who guided the New York Yankees for 16 long years, together with Bill Dickey and Jonny Neun in his last year at 1946 was Joe McCarthy, nicknamed “Marse Joe.” Bucky Harris, however, was with the Yankees for only 2 years in 1947 and 1948, followed by Casey Stengel who held the team until 1960.

Best known as the successor of Stengel, Ralph Houk supervised the Yankees from 1961 to 1973. Unlike other managers who were short-lived, he was with the team for 10 years. It was only in the year 1965 that the team was guided by Jonny Keane and then both of them in 1966.

In years that followed, Billy Virdon, Billy Martin, Dick Howser, Bob Lemon, Gene Michael, Clyde King, Yogi Berra, and Lou Piniella, managed the New York Yankees team from 1974 until 1988.

After 1988, Dallas Green, Bucky Dent, Stump Merril, all lead the Yankees. Their term however was very short compared to the other managers who spent as much as 10 years. At least Buck Showalter spent his time managing the team from 1992 to 1995, a little longer than most.

Recently, in the late 90’s, Joe Torre joined the team as the manager from 1996 to 2007. Amazing, as he spent a lot of years with the team.

The New York Yankees is now managed by Joe Girardi since 2008. Fans are definitely expecting more from him to lead them to victory!