List of Atlanta Braves managers

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Fredi González current manager of the Braves.

The Atlanta Braves are a professional baseball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. The Braves are members of the National League (NL) East division in Major League Baseball (MLB). Since the franchise started as the Boston Red Stockings (no relationship to the current Boston Red Sox team) in 1871, the team has changed its name several times and relocated twice. The Braves were a charter member of the NL in 1876 as the Boston Red Caps, and are one of the NL's two remaining charter franchises (the other being the Chicago Cubs).[1] In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager, or more formally, the field manager. The duties of the team manager include team strategy and leadership on and off the field.[2][3] The Braves franchise has employed 45 different managers.[4]

The franchise's first manager was Hall of Famer Harry Wright, who managed the team for eleven seasons.[5] Frank Selee was the next manager to have managed the team for eleven seasons, with a total of twelve with the formerly named Boston Beaneaters.[6] The formerly named Boston Braves made their first postseason appearance under George Stallings in 1914, winning the World Series that year.[7] Several other managers spent long tenures with the Braves. Bill McKechnie managed the Braves from 1930 to 1937, while Casey Stengel managed the team from 1938 to 1942.[8][9] The franchise was known as the Boston Bees from 1936 to 1940, and was again named the Boston Braves until 1952. Stengel also managed the Braves in 1943.[9]

From 1943 to 1989, no managerial term lasted as long as five complete seasons. The Braves were managed by Billy Southworth from 1946 to 1949, and again from 1950 to 1951. Southworth led the team into the 1948 World Series, which ended the Braves' 34-year postseason drought; the World Series ended in a losing result for the Braves. In 1953, the team moved from Boston to Milwaukee, where it was known as the Milwaukee Braves. Its first manager in Milwaukee was Charlie Grimm, who managed the team from mid-season of 1952 to mid-season of 1956. Fred Haney took over the managerial position after Grimm, and led the team to the World Series in 1957, defeating the New York Yankees in a game seven to win the series.[10]

In 1966, the team moved from Milwaukee to its current location, Atlanta. Its first manager in Atlanta was Bobby Bragan, who managed the team for three seasons earlier in Milwaukee. Lum Harris was the first manager to have managed the team in Atlanta for more than four seasons. Harris led the team into the NL Championship Series (NLCS) in 1969, but failed to advance into the World Series. Joe Torre was the next manager to manage the Braves into the postseason, but like Harris, led the team into the NLCS with a losing result.[10] Bobby Cox was the manager of the Braves from 1990 till 2010. Under his leadership the Braves made the postseason 15 times, winning five National League championships and one World Series title in 1995.[11] Cox has the most regular season wins, regular season losses, postseason appearances, postseason wins and postseason losses of any Braves manager.[4] He was named NL Manager of the Year three times, in 1991, 2004 and 2005.[12]

After Cox retired upon the conclusion of the 2010 season, Fredi González was hired to take over as manager.

Several managers have had multiple tenures with the Braves. John Morrill served three terms in the 1880s as the Braves manager, while Fred Tenney, Stengel, Bob Coleman, Southworth, Dave Bristol and Cox each served two terms. Ted Turner and Vern Benson's term each lasted only a single game, as they were both interim managers between Bristol's tenures.

Table key[edit]

Years
Linked to the corresponding Major League Baseball season
WPct
Winning percentage: number of wins divided by number of games managed
PA
Postseason appearances: number of years this manager has led the franchise to the postseason
PW
Postseason wins: number of wins this manager has accrued in the postseason
PL
Postseason losses: number of losses this manager has accrued in the postseason
Pen
Pennants: number of pennants (league championships) won by the manager
WS
World Series: number of World Series victories achieved by the manager
or
Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame (‡ denotes induction as manager)

Managers[edit]

Harry Wright became the first manager of the then Boston Red Stockings in 1871.
Frank Selee served as manager from 1890 to 1901.
George Stallings led the Braves to a World Series in 1914.
Joe Torre (seen here as the manager of the New York Yankees), led the Braves to a postseason appearance in 1982.
Bobby Cox was the manager of the Braves on two different occasions, from 1978 to 1981 and from 1990 to 2010.
#[a] Manager Years Wins Losses WPct PA PW PL Pen WS Ref
1 Harry Wright 18711881 254 187 .576 [5]
2 John Morrill 1882 45 39 .536 [13]
3 Jack Burdock 1883 30 24 .556 [14]
John Morrill 18831886 208 176 .541 [13]
4 King Kelly 1887 49 43 .533 [15]
John Morrill 18871888 82 81 .503 [13]
5 Jim Hart 1889 83 45 .648 [16]
6 Frank Selee 18901901 1,004 649 .607 [6]
7 Al Buckenberger 19021904 186 242 .435 [17]
8 Fred Tenney 19051907 158 295 .348 [18]
9 Joe Kelley 1908 63 91 .409 [19]
12 Frank Bowerman 1909 22 54 .289 [20]
11 Harry Smith 1909 23 54 .299 [21]
12 Fred Lake 1910 53 100 .346 [22]
Fred Tenney 1911 44 107 .398 [18]
13 Johnny Kling 1912 52 101 .340 [23]
14 George Stallings 19131920 579 597 .492 1 4 0 1 1 [7]
15 Fred Mitchell 19211923 186 274 .404 [24]
16 Dave Bancroft 19241927 249 363 .407 [25]
17 Jack Slattery 1928 11 20 .355 [26]
18 Rogers Hornsby 1928 39 83 .320 [27]
19 Emil Fuchs 1929 56 98 .364 [28]
20 Bill McKechnie 19301937 560 666 .457 [8]
21 Casey Stengel 19381942 326 431 .430 [9]
22 Bob Coleman 1943 21 25 .456 [29]
Casey Stengel 1943 47 60 .439 [9]
Bob Coleman 19441945 107 140 .433 [29]
23 Del Bissonette 1945 25 34 .424 [30]
24 Billy Southworth 19461949 313 256 .550 1 2 4 1 0 [31]
25 Johnny Cooney 1949 20 25 .444 [32]
Billy Southworth 19501951 111 102 .521 [31]
26 Tommy Holmes 19511952 61 69 .469 [33]
27 Charlie Grimm 19521956 51 67 .432 [34]
28 Fred Haney 19561959 341 231 .596 2 7 7 2 1 [35]
29 Chuck Dressen 19601961 159 124 .562 [36]
30 Birdie Tebbetts 19611962 98 89 .524 [37]
31 Bobby Bragan 19631966 310 287 .519 [38]
32 Billy Hitchcock 19661967 110 100 .524 [39]
33 Lum Harris 19681972 379 373 .504 1 0 3 0 0 [40]
34 Eddie Mathews 19721974 149 161 .481 [41]
35 Clyde King 19741975 96 101 .487 [42]
36 Connie Ryan 1975 9 18 .333 [43]
37 Dave Bristol 19761977 78 113 .408 [44]
38 Ted Turner 1977 0 1 .000 [45]
39 Vern Benson 1977 1 0 1.000 [46]
Dave Bristol 1977 52 79 .397 [44]
40 Bobby Cox 19781981 266 323 .452 [11]
41 Joe Torre 19821984 257 229 .529 1 0 3 0 0 [47]
42 Eddie Haas 1985 50 71 .413 [48]
43 Bobby Wine 1985 16 25 .390 [49]
44 Chuck Tanner 19861988 153 208 .424 [50]
45 Russ Nixon 19881990 130 216 .376 [51]
Bobby Cox 19902010 1,792 1,315 .577 14 64 63 5 1 [11]
46 Fredi González 2011–Present 279 207 .574 2 1 4 0 0 [52]
Totals 10,224 10,161 .502 22 78 84 9 3

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • a #: A running total of the number of Braves' managers. Thus, any manager who has two or more separate terms is only counted once.

References[edit]

General
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  6. ^ a b "Frank Selee Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  7. ^ a b "George Stallings Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  8. ^ a b "Bill McKechnie Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
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  13. ^ a b c "John Morrill Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  14. ^ "John Burdock Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  15. ^ "King Kelly Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  16. ^ "Jim Hart Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  17. ^ "Al Buckenberger Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  18. ^ a b "Fred Tenney Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  19. ^ "Joe Kelley Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  20. ^ "Frank Bowerman Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  21. ^ "Harry Smith Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  22. ^ "Fred Lake Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  23. ^ "Johnny Kling Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  24. ^ "Fred Mitchell Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  25. ^ "Dave Bancroft Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  26. ^ "Jack Slattery Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  27. ^ "Rogers Hornsby Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  28. ^ "Emil Fuchs Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  29. ^ a b "Bob Coleman Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  30. ^ "Del Bissonette Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  31. ^ a b "Billy Southworth Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  32. ^ "Johnny Cooney Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  33. ^ "Tommy Holmes Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  34. ^ "Charlie Grimm Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  35. ^ "Fred Haney Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  36. ^ "Chuck Dressen Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  37. ^ "Birdie Tebbetts Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  38. ^ "Bobby Bragan Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  39. ^ "Billy Hitchcock Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  40. ^ "Lum Harris Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  41. ^ "Eddie Mathews Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  42. ^ "Clyde King Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  43. ^ "Connie Ryan Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  44. ^ a b "Dave Bristol Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  45. ^ "Ted Turner Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  46. ^ "Vern Benson Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  47. ^ "Bobby Cox Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  48. ^ "Eddie Haas Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  49. ^ "Bobby Wine Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  50. ^ "Chuck Tanner Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  51. ^ "Russ Nixon Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  52. ^ "Fredi Gonzalez Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-09.