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List of Oakland Athletics managers

The Oakland Athletics are a professional baseball team based in Oakland, California. Before moving to Oakland in 1968, the team played in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1901 through 1954 and in Kansas City, Missouri from 1955 through 1967.[1][2][3] The Athletics are members of the American League (AL) West division in Major League Baseball (MLB). In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager, or more formally, the field manager. The duties of the team manager include team strategy and leadership on and off the field.[4][5] The team has employed 30 different managers in its history.[6] The current Athletics' manager is Bob Melvin.[7]

The franchise's first manager was Hall of Famer Connie Mack, who managed the team for its first fifty seasons.[8] Mack led the Athletics to nine AL championships and five World Series championships—in 1910, 1911, 1913, 1929 and 1930.[6][8][9] The team lost the World Series in 1905, 1914 and 1931, and no World Series was played when the Athletics won the AL championship in 1902.[6][9] After Jimmy Dykes replaced Mack as the Athletics' manager in 1951, no manager served more than three consecutive seasons until Tony La Russa, who became the Athletics' manager in 1986.[6] During this period, Dick Williams managed the Athletics to two consecutive World Series championships in 1972 and 1973, and Alvin Dark managed the team to a third consecutive World Series championship in 1974.[6] La Russa managed the Athletics to three consecutive AL championships from 1988 through 1990, winning the World Series in 1989.[6]

Connie Mack holds the Athletics' records for most games managed, 7,466; most wins as a manager, 3,582; and most losses as a manager, 3,814.[6] Williams has the highest winning percentage of any Athletics manager, .603.[6] Four managers have served multiple terms as the Athletics' manager. Connie Mack's son Earle Mack served as interim manager twice, in 1937 and 1939, when his father was ill.[10][11] Hank Bauer served as the Athletics' manager from 1961 to 1962, and then again in 1969.[12] Dark served as the Athletics' manager from 1966 to 1967 and again from 1974 to 1975.[13] Jack McKeon started the 1977 season as the Athletics' manager, was replaced by Bobby Winkles after 53 games, and then replaced Winkles part way through the 1978 season.[6][14] Five Athletics' managers have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame: Connie Mack, Lou Boudreau, Joe Gordon, Luke Appling and Williams.[15][16] Mack and Williams were inducted into the Hall of Fame as managers.[8][17] Boudreau, Gordon and Appling were inducted as players.[18][19][20]

Key

# A running total of the number of Athletics managers. Any manager who has two or more separate terms is counted only once.
G Regular season games managed; may not equal sum of wins and losses due to tie games
W Regular season wins
L Regular season losses
Win% Winning percentage
PA Playoff appearances: number of years this manager has led the franchise to the playoffs
PW Playoff wins
PL Playoff losses
LC League championships: number of league championships, or pennants, achieved by the manager
WS World Series championships: number of World Series victories achieved by the manager
Ref Reference
Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame primarily as a manager
* Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame primarily as a player

Managers


Statistics current through 2011
# Manager Seasons G W L Win% PA PW PL LC WS Ref(s)
1 Mack, ConnieConnie Mack 19011950 7,466 3,582 3,814 .484 8 24 19 9 5 [8][21]
2 Mack, EarleEarle Mack[a] 1937 34 15 17 .469 [10]
Mack, EarleEarle Mack[a] 1939 91 30 60 .333 [10]
3 Dykes, JimmyJimmy Dykes 19511953 466 208 254 .450 [22]
4 Joost, EddieEddie Joost 1954 156 51 103 .331 [23]
5 Boudreau, LouLou Boudreau* 19551957 413 151 260 .367 [18]
6 Craft, HarryHarry Craft 19571959 360 162 196 .453 [24]
7 Elliott, BobBob Elliott 1960 155 58 96 .377 [25]
8 Gordon, JoeJoe Gordon* 1961 60 26 33 .441 [19]
9 Bauer, HankHank Bauer 19611962 264 107 157 .405 [12]
10 Lopat, EdEd Lopat 19631964 214 90 124 .421 [26]
11 McGaha, MelMel McGaha 19641965 137 45 91 .331 [27]
12 Sullivan, HaywoodHaywood Sullivan 1965 136 54 82 .397 [28]
13 Dark, AlvinAlvin Dark 19661967 281 126 155 .448 [13]
14 Appling, LukeLuke Appling* 1967 40 10 30 .250 [20]
15 Kennedy, BobBob Kennedy 1968 163 82 80 .506 [29]
Bauer, HankHank Bauer 1969 149 80 69 .537 [12]
16 McNamara, JohnJohn McNamara 19691970 175 97 78 .554 [30]
17 Williams, DickDick Williams 19711973 478 288 190 .603 3 14 13 2 2 [17][31]
Dark, AlvinAlvin Dark 19741975 324 188 136 .580 2 7 5 1 1 [13][32]
18 Tanner, ChuckChuck Tanner 1976 161 87 74 .540 [33]
19 McKeon, JackJack McKeon 1977 53 26 27 .491 [14]
20 Winkles, BobbyBobby Winkles 19771978 147 61 86 .415 [34]
McKeon, JackJack McKeon 1978 123 45 78 .366 [14]
21 Marshall, JimJim Marshall 1979 162 54 108 .333 [35]
22 Martin, BillyBilly Martin 19801982 433 215 218 .497 1 3 3 0 0 [36][37]
23 Boros, SteveSteve Boros 19831984 206 94 112 .456 [38]
24 Moore, JackieJackie Moore 19841986 353 163 190 .462 [39]
25 Newman, JeffJeff Newman 1986 10 2 8 .200 [40]
26 La Russa, TonyTony La Russa 19861995 1,471 798 673 .542 4 19 13 3 1 [41][42]
27 Howe, ArtArt Howe 19962002 1,133 600 533 .530 3 6 9 0 0 [43][44]
28 Macha, KenKen Macha 20032006 648 368 280 .568 2 5 7 0 0 [45][46]
29 Geren, BobBob Geren 20072011 710 334 376 .470 [47]
30 Melvin, BobBob Melvin 2011–present 261 141 120 .540 1 2 3 0 0 [48]

Managers with multiples tenures

# Manager Seasons G W L WPct PA PW PL LC WS Ref
2[a] Mack, EarleEarle Mack 1937, 1939 125 45 77 .369 [10]
8 Bauer, HankHank Bauer 19611962, 1969 413 187 226 .453 [12]
12 Dark, AlvinAlvin Dark 19661967, 19741975 605 314 291 .519 2 7 5 1 1 [13][32]
18 McKeon, JackJack McKeon 1977, 1978 176 71 105 .403 [14]

Footnotes

  • a Although Earle Mack managed the team for parts of the 1937 and 1939 seasons, he did so in the capacity of an interim manager while his father, Connie Mack, was ill.[11]

References

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