MLB The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time  

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Boston Red Sox managers have included some of the best in MLB history, but who is the best Boston Red Sox manager of all time? This list ranks every Boston Red Sox manager from best to worst according to the votes of baseball fans. Whether or not you're a Red Sox die-hard, you can vote up your top Boston Red Sox coaches and downvote any managers who keep the team from glory for the better part of a century.

Jimmy Collins was the Red Sox first manager, starting the job in 1901. He won a World Series in 1903 and was selected for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Terry Francona ended "The Curse of the Bambino" when he won the World Series in 2004. Francona would then win another World Series in 2007, but was that enough to put him on the list of the greatest MLB coaches ever?

Fans have been trying to determine the best Boston Red Sox skipper of all time for years. Now you can help figure out the answer. Just vote up the best and winningest Boston Red Sox managers, or even just the coaches you like the most. Feel free to rerank the whole list create your own version of Beantown's finest skippers.
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76 2
Terry Francona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time

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14 1
Alex Cora is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
RonnieFarnsworth added age 45

3
33 14
Joe Morgan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
age 75

4
22 8
Dick Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 82 (1929-2011)

5
22 9
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 88 (1867-1955)

6
18 7
Johnny Pesky is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 93 (1919-2012)

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20 9
Joe Cronin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 78 (1906-1984)

8
36 25
John Farrell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
age 56

9
13 5
Ralph Houk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 91 (1919-2010)

10
15 8
Torey Lovullo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
age 53

11
14 8
Jimy Williams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
age 75

12
12 7
John McNamara is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
John McNamara age 43

13
8 3
Hugh Duffy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 88 (1866-1954)

14
21 17
Don Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 83 (1931-2014)

15
12 8
Bill Carrigan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 86 (1883-1969)

16
12 9
Kevin Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
age 64

17
9 6
Lou Boudreau is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 84 (1917-2001)

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8 6
Bucky Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 81 (1896-1977)

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8 6
Jimmy Collins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 73 (1870-1943)

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7 5
Ed Barrow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 85 (1868-1953)

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8 7
Joe McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 56 (1881-1937)

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8 7
Jake Stahl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 43 (1879-1922)

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6 5
Shano Collins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 70 (1885-1955)

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6 5
Billy Herman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 83 (1909-1992)

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6 5
Eddie Kasko is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
age 86

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6 5
Eddie Popowski is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Eddie Popowski Died at 88 (1913-2001)

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5 4
Pete Runnels is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 63 (1928-1991)

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11 11
Grady Little is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
age 68

29
8 8
Darrell Johnson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 76 (1928-2004)

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8 8
Frank Chance is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 48 (1876-1924)

31
6 6
Deacon McGuire is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 73 (1863-1936)

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5 5
Pinky Higgins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 60 (1909-1969)

33
5 5
Bob Unglaub is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 35 (1881-1916)

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5 5
Rudy York is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 57 (1913-1970)

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5 5
George Huff is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
George Huff Died at 64 (1872-1936)

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5 5
Steve O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 71 (1891-1962)

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5 5
Heinie Wagner is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 63 (1880-1943)

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5 5
Patsy Donovan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 88 (1865-1953)

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5 5
Marty McManus is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 66 (1900-1966)

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5 5
Lee Fohl is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 89 (1876-1965)

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5 5
Del Baker is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 81 (1892-1973)

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6 7
Fred Lake is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 65 (1866-1931)

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4 5
Chick Stahl is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 34 (1873-1907)

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5 7
Jack Barry is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 74 (1887-1961)

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8 11
Butch Hobson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
age 67

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2 8
Billy Jurges is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Died at 89 (1908-1997)

47
5 12
Joe Kerrigan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time
Joe Kerrigan age 64

48
7 26
Bobby Valentine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time