Alex Cora (waving) is the most recent manager to lead the Red Sox to a World Series championship.
Alex Cora (waving) is the most recent manager to lead the Red Sox to a World Series championship.

The Boston Red Sox are a professional baseball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox are members of the American League (AL) East Division in Major League Baseball (MLB). They have competed since 1901, initially as the Boston Americans (1901–1907), and under their current name since 1908. Since 1912, the Red Sox have played their home games at Fenway Park.[1] In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager, or more formally, the field manager. There have been 48 different managers in franchise history; the current manager is Alex Cora, who previously managed the team during the 2018 and 2019 seasons and was re-hired by the team on November 6, 2020.[2]

Jimmy Collins was the first manager of the franchise, managing from 1901 to 1906.[3] Among all Red Sox managers, Joe Cronin managed the most regular season games (2,007) and registered the most regular season wins (1,071),[4] while Terry Francona managed the most playoff games (45) and registered the most playoff wins (28).[5] The most World Series championships won by a Red Sox manager is two, accomplished by Bill Carrigan (1915 and 1916) and Francona (2004 and 2007).[6] John McNamara and Jimy Williams are the only two Red Sox managers to win the AL Manager of the Year Award, in 1986 and 1999, respectively.[7]

Key

No. Number of managers[a]
GM Games managed (includes ties)
W Wins
L Losses
Win % Winning percentage[b]
* Inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame
Bold name Inducted to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame

Managers

The below table summarizes the franchise's managerial records since 1901, its inaugural season in the American League. Note that the number of games managed (GM) may exceed the sum of wins and losses, due to tie games that were later replayed; for example, Jimmy Collins had a regular season managerial record of 455–376, which sums to 831, 11 less than the 842 total regular season games that he managed.[3]

Statistics updated through the 2020 season.

No. Name Term Regular season Postseason Achievements Ref.
GM W L Win % GM W L
1 Jimmy Collins* 19011906 842 455 376 .548 8 5 3 1 World Series Championship (1903) [3]
2 Chick Stahl 1906 40 14 26 .350 [8]
3 Cy Young* 1907 6 3 3 .500 [9]
4 George Huff 1907 8 2 6 .250 [10]
5 Bob Unglaub 1907 29 9 20 .310 [11]
6 Deacon McGuire 19071908 227 98 123 .443 [12]
7 Fred Lake 19081909 192 110 80 .579 [13]
8 Patsy Donovan 19101911 311 159 147 .520 [14]
9 Jake Stahl 19121913 235 144 88 .621 8dagger 4 3 1 World Series Championship (1912) [15]
10 Bill Carrigan 19131916 540 323 205 .612 10 8 2 2 World Series Championships (1915, 1916) [16]
11 Jack Barry 1917 157 90 62 .592 [17]
12 Ed Barrow* 19181920 418 213 203 .512 6 4 2 1 World Series Championship (1918) [18]
13 Hugh Duffy* 19211922 308 136 172 .442 [19]
14 Frank Chance* 1923 154 61 91 .401 [20]
15 Lee Fohl 19241926 463 160 299 .349 [21]
Bill Carrigan 19271929 463 166 295 .360 [16]
16 Heinie Wagner 1930 154 52 102 .338 [22]
17 Shano Collins 19311932 208 73 134 .353 [23]
18 Marty McManus 19321933 248 95 153 .383 [24]
19 Bucky Harris* 1934 153 76 76 .500 [25]
20 Joe Cronin* 19351947 2,007 1,071 916 .539 7 3 4 1946 American League pennant [4]
21 Joe McCarthy* 19481950 369 223 145 .606 [26]
22 Steve O'Neill 19501951 249 150 99 .602 [27]
23 Lou Boudreau* 19521954 463 229 232 .497 [28]
24 Pinky Higgins 19551959 691 360 329 .522 [29]
25 Rudy York 1959 1 0 1 .000 [30]
26 Billy Jurges 19591960 122 59 63 .484 [31]
27 Del Baker 1960 7 2 5 .286 [32]
Pinky Higgins 19601962 428 200 227 .468 [29]
28 Johnny Pesky 19631964 321 146 175 .455 [33]
29 Billy Herman* 19641966 310 128 182 .413 [34]
30 Pete Runnels 1966 16 8 8 .500 [35]
31 Dick Williams* 19671969 477 260 217 .545 7 3 4 1967 American League pennant [36]
32 Eddie Popowski 1969 9 5 4 .556 [37]
33 Eddie Kasko 19701973 640 345 295 .539 [38]
Eddie Popowski 1973 1 1 0 1.000 [37]
34 Darrell Johnson 19741976 408 220 188 .539 10 6 4 1975 American League pennant [39]
35 Don Zimmer 19761980 715 411 304 .575 [40]
Johnny Pesky 1980 5 1 4 .200 [33]
36 Ralph Houk 19811984 594 312 282 .525 [41]
37 John McNamara 19851988 571 297 273 .521 14 7 7 1986 AL Manager of the Year[7]
1986 American League pennant
[42]
38 Joe Morgan 19881991 563 301 262 .535 8 0 8 [43]
39 Butch Hobson 19921994 439 207 232 .472 [44]
40 Kevin Kennedy 19951996 306 171 135 .559 3 0 3 [45]
41 Jimy Williams 19972001 766 414 352 .540 14 5 9 1999 AL Manager of the Year[7] [46]
42 Joe Kerrigan 2001 43 17 26 .395 [47]
43 Grady Little 20022003 324 188 136 .580 12 6 6 [48]
44 Terry Francona 20042011 1,296 744 552 .574 45 28 17 2 World Series Championships (2004, 2007) [5]
45 Bobby Valentine 2012 162 69 93 .426 [49]
46 John Farrell 20132017 810 432 378 .533 23 12 11 1 World Series Championship (2013) [50]
47 Alex Cora 20182020 324 192 132 .593 14 11 3 1 World Series Championship (2018) [51]
48 Ron Roenicke 2020 60 24 36 .400 [52]
Alex Cora 2021–present 162 92 70 .568 11 6 5 [51]

dagger One game of the 1912 World Series ended in a tie, and was replayed.

Notes

  1. ^ A running count of the total number of managers of the Red Sox; any person who returned as manager is counted only once.
  2. ^ Winning percentages in baseball are computed using only wins and losses; ties are excluded.

Sources

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