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The Best Boston Red Sox Managers of All Time

Updated July 29, 2019 2.4k votes 339 voters 4.6k 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 Francona
    187
    13

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceAberdeen, South Dakota

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  • 2
    Alex Cora
    100
    31

    Alex Cora

    Age: 47

    BirthplaceCaguas, Puerto Rico

  • 3
    Dick Williams
    73
    16

    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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  • 4
    Joe Cronin
    55
    18

    Joe Cronin

    Dec. at 78 (1906-1984)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCalifornia

    TeamsBoston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Senators

  • 5
    Joe Morgan
    66
    30

    Joe Morgan

    Age: 77

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBonham, Texas, USA

    TeamsPhiladelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Reds, Oakland Athletics

  • 6
    Johnny Pesky
    51
    23

    Johnny Pesky

    Dec. at 93 (1919-2012)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

    TeamsBoston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Washington Senators

  • 7
    Cy Young
    49
    25

    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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  • 8
    Jake Stahl
    34
    13

    Jake Stahl

    Dec. at 43 (1879-1922)

    BirthplaceElkhart, Illinois

    TeamsBoston Red Sox, Washington Senators, New York Highlanders

  • 9
    Jimmy Collins
    30
    9

    Jimmy Collins

    Dec. at 73 (1870-1943)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York

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

  • 10
    Hugh Duffy
    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

  • 11
    John Farrell
    81
    66

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMonmouth Beach, New Jersey

    TeamsDetroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, California Angels

  • 12
    Billy Herman
    30
    11

    Billy Herman

    Dec. at 83 (1909-1992)

    BirthplaceNew Albany, Indiana

    TeamsChicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Braves

  • 13
    Don Zimmer
    49
    34

    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

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  • 14
    Eddie Kasko
    29
    12

    BirthplaceLinden, New Jersey

    TeamsBoston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, Houston colt .45s

  • 15
    Frank Chance
    28
    12

    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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    Heinie Wagner
    24
    9

    Heinie Wagner

    Dec. at 63 (1880-1943)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsBoston Red Sox, New York Giants

  • 17
    Patsy Donovan
    24
    9

    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

  • 18
    Rudy York
    25
    11

    Rudy York

    Dec. at 57 (1913-1970)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceRagland, Alabama

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

  • 19
    Jimy Williams
    38
    27

    BirthplaceSanta Maria, California

    TeamsSt. Louis Cardinals

  • 20
    Joe McCarthy
    26
    14

    Joe McCarthy

    Dec. at 56 (1881-1937)

    BirthplaceSyracuse, New York

    TeamsSt. Louis Cardinals, New York Highlanders

  • 21
    Pete Runnels
    24
    12

    Pete Runnels

    Dec. at 63 (1928-1991)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLufkin, Texas

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

  • 22
    Fred Lake
    24
    12

    Fred Lake

    Dec. at 65 (1866-1931)

    NationalityCanada

    BirthplaceCornwallis Park, Canada

    TeamsPittsburgh Pirates, Louisville Colonels, Boston Doves, Boston Beaneaters

  • 23
    Marty McManus
    22
    10

    Marty McManus

    Dec. at 66 (1900-1966)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

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

  • 24
    Steve O'Neill
    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

  • 25
    Ralph Houk
    29
    22

    Ralph Houk

    Dec. at 91 (1919-2010)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLawrence, Kansas, United States of America

    TeamsNew York Yankees

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