Fifty-six managers have won 1,000 or more games in the major leagues. Of those 56, 50 also played in the majors.
What position has “birthed” the most 1,000-win managers in the majors? Second basemen top the list with 11. Active skipper Tony LaRussa played second base in the “bigs” and tops the list of second basemen turned managers with the most wins, 2,675 (through June 8, 2011).
Following are the number of managers who have won 1,000 or more games at each position these managers played in the majors. Also listed is the manager who has won the most games at each position.
Position Managers Most wins
Second Basemen 11 Tony LaRussa, 2,675*
Catchers 8 Connie Mack, 3,731
Shortstops 6 Leo Durocher, 2,008
Third Basemen 6 John McGraw, 2,763
First Basemen 5 Walter Alston, 2,040
Left Fielders 5 Lou Piniella, 1,835
Right Fielders 5 Casey Stengel, 1,905
Pitchers 2 Tommy Lasorda, 1,599
Center Fielders 2 Ned Hanlon, 1,313
Note: The six managers with 1,000 or more wins that did not play in the majors:
Joe McCarthy, 2,215
Jim Leyland, 1,526*
Earl Weaver, 1,480
Frank Selee, 1,284
John McNamara, 1,160
Jack McKeon, 1,011
* Through games of June 8, 2011