Monday, September 12, 2016

Greatest Cubs Team Ever-- Part 8: Managers

Again, the Chicago tribune has prepared a list of "Greatest Cubs" at each position and allowing readers to vote.  These lists include players, and now managers, from all decades.

They also did it for the White Sox, which I will get to later this week.


CAP ANSON--  Anson won five National League pennants as a player/manager for Chicago's National league club between 1879-1897.  His 1,182 victories are the most in franchise history.

FRANK CHANCE--  Known as the "Peerless Leader," had best winning percentage of .664 in team history.  Won two World Series and four NL pennants.  Player/manager, doubling as team's first basemen for eight seasons.  In 1906, his Cubs won a franchise-record 116 games.

LEO DUROCHER--  "Leo the Lip" won 535 games, 4th-most in team history.  Only losing season was 1966, his first with Cubs.  Won at least 83 games in each of next five seasons.  And then, there was that 1969 season.

CHARLIE GRIMM--  Grimm's 946 victories as Cubs manager are second only to Anson in team history.  Took over as player/manager in 1932 and led Cubs to three World Series appearances, including their most-sadly-recent one in 1945.

JOE McCARTHY--  Five seasons with Cubs.  Never had a losing season (how many Cub managers can say that?).  Best year in 1929 when won 98 games and took NL pennant.  Later went on to win seven World Series with the Yankees.

It is sad to see all these managers being from a real-long time ago, and some might say even Durocher is now real-ling time ago.

I would pick either Cap Anson or Frank Chance.

Let's Hope the New Guy Will SOON Be Joining This Illustrious List.  --CootCubs

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