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The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time

Updated July 29, 2019 2.5k votes 345 voters 4.7k views48 items

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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  • Terry Francona1
    184
    29

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceAberdeen, South Dakota

  • Alex Cora2
    97
    31

    Alex Cora

    Age: 47

    BirthplaceCaguas, Puerto Rico

  • Dick Williams3
    73
    15

    Dick Williams

    Dec. at 82 (1929-2011)

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

    TeamsBoston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles, Brooklyn Dodgers, Kansas City Athletics

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  • Joe Cronin4
    52
    18

    Joe Cronin

    Dec. at 78 (1906-1984)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCalifornia

    TeamsBoston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Senators

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    #33 of 146 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time#5 of 132 The Greatest Shortstops of All Time

  • Johnny Pesky5
    50
    22

    Johnny Pesky

    Dec. at 93 (1919-2012)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

    TeamsBoston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Washington Senators

  • Cy Young6
    49
    24

    Cy Young

    Dec. at 88 (1867-1955)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGilmore, Ohio

    TeamsBoston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Spiders, St. Louis Perfectos, Cleveland Naps

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    #14 of 25 Longest Pitching Streaks in Baseball #375 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

  • Kevin Kennedy7
    50
    25

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

  • Hugh Duffy8
    32
    12

    Hugh Duffy

    Dec. at 88 (1866-1954)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCranston, Rhode Island

    TeamsPhiladelphia Phillies, Boston Reds, Boston Beaneaters, Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Pirates

  • Bucky Harris9
    31
    11

    Bucky Harris

    Dec. at 81 (1896-1977)

    BirthplacePort Jervis, New York

    TeamsDetroit Tigers, Washington Senators

  • Jake Stahl10
    33
    13

    Jake Stahl

    Dec. at 43 (1879-1922)

    BirthplaceElkhart, Illinois

    TeamsBoston Red Sox, Washington Senators, New York Highlanders

  • Ed Barrow11
    31
    12

    Ed Barrow

    Dec. at 85 (1868-1953)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Illinois

  • John Farrell12
    77
    65

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMonmouth Beach, New Jersey

    TeamsDetroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, California Angels

  • Frank Chance13
    29
    11

    Frank Chance

    Dec. at 48 (1876-1924)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSalida, California

    TeamsNew York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Orphans, Chicago Orphans

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    #177 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame#165 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time

  • Billy Herman14
    29
    12

    Billy Herman

    Dec. at 83 (1909-1992)

    BirthplaceNew Albany, Indiana

    TeamsChicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Braves

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  • Heinie Wagner15
    25
    8

    Heinie Wagner

    Dec. at 63 (1880-1943)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsBoston Red Sox, New York Giants

  • Don Zimmer16
    47
    35

    Don Zimmer

    Dec. at 83 (1931-2014)

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

    TeamsNew York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers

  • Joe McCarthy17
    26
    13

    Joe McCarthy

    Dec. at 56 (1881-1937)

    BirthplaceSyracuse, New York

    TeamsSt. Louis Cardinals, New York Highlanders

  • Patsy Donovan18
    24
    10

    Patsy Donovan

    Dec. at 88 (1865-1953)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCobh, Republic of Ireland

    TeamsSt. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Senators, Washington Senators, Louisville Colonels

  • Jimy Williams19
    37
    26

    BirthplaceSanta Maria, California

    TeamsSt. Louis Cardinals

  • Rudy York20
    24
    12

    Rudy York

    Dec. at 57 (1913-1970)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceRagland, Alabama

    TeamsBoston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Athletics

  • Fred Lake21
    23
    11

    Fred Lake

    Dec. at 65 (1866-1931)

    NationalityCanada

    BirthplaceCornwallis Park, Canada

    TeamsPittsburgh Pirates, Louisville Colonels, Boston Doves, Boston Beaneaters

  • Marty McManus22
    21
    9

    Marty McManus

    Dec. at 66 (1900-1966)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    TeamsBoston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Boston Braves, St. Louis Browns

  • Pete Runnels23
    24
    13

    Pete Runnels

    Dec. at 63 (1928-1991)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLufkin, Texas

    TeamsBoston Red Sox, Washington Senators, Houston colt .45s

  • Jimmy Collins24
    30
    22

    Jimmy Collins

    Dec. at 73 (1870-1943)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York

    TeamsBoston Red Sox, Louisville Colonels, Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Beaneaters

  • Steve O'Neill25
    19
    9

    Steve O'Neill

    Dec. at 71 (1891-1962)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceScranton, Pennsylvania

    TeamsNew York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Naps, St. Louis Browns