There's no doubt Joe McCarthy had a lot of talent to work with in his three stops, but:
1) He had success in all three spots, winning 90 or more games twice in each Boston and Chicago, and only failing to win 90 or more four times in his 15 full seasons with the Yankees, and two of the "failures" were 88 and 89 wins;
2) His teams won seven World Series titles with the Yankees, four in a row and six in eight years, one of the misses in the 6 for 8 including a pennant and the other "merely" winning 88 games;
3) His teams won 100 or more games six times;
4) He was able to keep his teams on top, one of the hardest feats in the game, even with great talent;
5) He was the only manager to get Hack Wilson to perform;
6) Look at how he does against managers all-time:
.....a) 8th in wins;
.....b) top winning percentage;
.....c) second in best total wins minus losses;
.....d) fifth in wins * win percentage;
.....e) second in Fibonacci points for managers (c plus d).
Last edited by jalbright; 07-10-2009 at 05:51 PM.
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