List of San Francisco Giants managers

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John McGraw, shown with former Boston Red Sox manager Jake Stahl, managed the Giants for 30 years, winning more than 2,500 games.

The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball team that plays in the National League Western Division. Since their inception as the New York Gothams in 1883, the Giants have employed 36 managers.[1] The duties of the team manager include team strategy and leadership on and off the field.[2][3]

The franchise's first manager was John Clapp, who managed the team for one year before being replaced in 1884 by Jim Price.[1] The Giants won two World Series championships during the 19th century, in 1888 and 1889, with Jim Mutrie as their manager both years.[a][1][4][5] John McGraw became the Giants' manager during the 1902 season, beginning a streak of 54 consecutive years in which the Giants were managed by a Baseball Hall of Famer. McGraw himself managed for more than 30 years, until the middle of the 1932 season, the longest managerial tenure in Giants history. McGraw won 2,583 games as the Giants manager, the most in Giants history. While managing the Giants, the team won the National League championship 10 times—in 1904, 1905, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1917, 1921, 1922, 1923 and 1924. They played in the World Series nine times (no World Series was played in 1904)[6] and won three, in 1905, 1921 and 1922.[1][7]

McGraw's successor was Hall of Famer Bill Terry, who managed the team from the middle of the 1932 season until 1941. He won 823 games as the Giants' manager, third most in Giants history, and won three National League championships, in 1933, 1936 and 1937, winning the World Series in 1933.[8] Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Leo Durocher managed the team from 1942 through 1955. Durocher was the manager for the Giants' World Series championship in 1954.[9]

The Giants moved from New York to San Francisco in 1958, with Bill Rigney as their manager.[10][11] They won their first National League championship in San Francisco under Alvin Dark in 1962 but lost the World Series that year.[12] In their first 28 years in San Francisco, they had 14 managers (including two terms by Rigney).[1] Since 1985, the Giants' managerial situation has been more stable. Roger Craig managed the team for more than seven seasons, from the middle of the 1985 season until 1992, including a National League championship in 1989. His successor, Dusty Baker, managed the team for ten years from 1993 through 2002, winning the National League championship in 2002. Baker has the second highest win total of any Giants manager with 840.[1] Felipe Alou replaced Baker in 2003 and managed the team until 2006. The current Giants manager, Bruce Bochy, has managed the team since 2006, winning World Series' championships in 2010, 2012, and 2014.[1][13] Mutrie has the highest winning percentage of any Giants manager, with .605. Heinie Smith has the lowest, with .156, although he managed just 32 games. The lowest winning percentage of any Giants manager who managed at least 100 games is .389, by Jim Davenport in 1985.[1]

Table key

Bruce Bochy has been the Giants' current manager since 2007.
#
A running total of the number of Giants managers. Any manager who has two or more separate terms is only counted once.
G
Number of regular season games managed; may not equal sum of wins and losses due to tie games
W
Number of regular season wins in games managed
L
Number of regular season losses in games managed
WPct
Winning percentage: number of wins divided by number of games managed
PA
Playoff appearances: number of years this manager has led the franchise to the playoffs
PW
Playoff wins: number of wins this manager has accrued in the playoffs
PL
Playoff losses: number of losses this manager has accrued in the playoffs
LC
League Championships: number of League Championships, or pennants, achieved by the manager
WS
World Series: number of World Series victories achieved by the manager
Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame

Managers

Felipe Alou (right) was the Giants' manager from 2003 through 2006.
Jim Mutrie won two championships with the Giants during the 19th century.
John Montgomery Ward had two terms as a Giants manager during the 19th century.
#[b] Manager Seasons G W L WPct PA PW PL LC WS Ref
1 Clapp, JohnJohn Clapp 1883 98 46 50 .479 [14]
2 Price, JimJim Price 1884 100 56 42 .571 [15]
3 Ward, John MontgomeryJohn Montgomery Ward 1884 16 6 8 .429 [16]
4 Mutrie, JimJim Mutrie 18851891 905 529 345 .605 2 12 7 2 2[a] [4][5][17]
5 Powers, PatPat Powers 1892 153 71 80 .470 [18]
Ward, John MontgomeryJohn Montgomery Ward 18931894 275 156 108 .591 [16]
6 Davis, GeorgeGeorge Davis 1895 33 16 17 .485 [19]
7 Doyle, JackJack Doyle 1895 64 32 31 .508 [20]
8 Watkins, HarveyHarvey Watkins 1895 35 18 17 .514 [21]
9 Irwin, ArthurArthur Irwin 1896 90 36 53 .404 [22]
10 Joyce, BillBill Joyce 18961898 316 179 122 .595 [23]
11 Anson, CapCap Anson 1898 22 9 13 .409 [24]
12 Day, John B.John B. Day 1899 66 29 35 .453 [25]
13 Hoey, FredFred Hoey 1899 87 31 55 .360 [26]
14 Ewing, BuckBuck Ewing 1900 63 21 41 .339 [27]
Davis, GeorgeGeorge Davis 19001901 291 91 122 .427 [19]
15 Fogel, HoraceHorace Fogel 1902 44 18 23 .439 [28]
16 Smith, HeinieHeinie Smith 1902 32 5 27 .156 [29]
17 McGraw, JohnJohn McGraw 19021932 4,424 2,583 1,790 .591 9 26 28 10 3 [7][30][31]
[32][33][34]
[35][36][37]
[38]
18 Terry, BillBill Terry 19321941 1,496 823 661 .555 3 7 9 3 1 [8][39][40]
[41]
19 Ott, MelMel Ott 19421948 1,004 464 530 .467 [42]
20 Durocher, LeoLeo Durocher 19481955 1,163 637 523 .549 2 6 4 2 1 [9][43][44]
21 Rigney, BillBill Rigney 19561960 674 332 342 .493 [45]
22 Sheehan, TomTom Sheehan 1960 98 46 50 .479 [46]
23 Dark, AlvinAlvin Dark 19611964 644 366 277 .569 1 3 4 1 0 [12][47]
24 Franks, HermanHerman Franks 19651968 649 367 280 .567 [48]
25 King, ClydeClyde King 19691970 204 109 95 .534 [49]
26 Fox, CharlieCharlie Fox 19701974 675 348 327 .478 1 1 3 0 0 [50][51]
27 Westrum, WesWes Westrum 19741975 247 118 129 .516 [52]
Rigney, BillBill Rigney 1976 162 74 88 .457 [45]
28 Altobelli, JoeJoe Altobelli 19771979 464 225 239 .485 [53]
29 Bristol, DaveDave Bristol 19791980 183 85 98 .464 [54]
30 Robinson, FrankFrank Robinson 19811984 541 264 277 .488 [55]
31 Ozark, DannyDanny Ozark 1984 56 24 32 .429 [56]
32 Davenport, JimJim Davenport 1985 144 56 88 .389 [57]
33 Craig, RogerRoger Craig 19851992 1,152 586 566 .509 2 7 9 1 0 [58][59][60]
34 Baker, DustyDusty Baker[c] 19932002 1,556 840 715 .540 3 11 13 1 0 [61][62][63]
[64]
35 Alou, FelipeFelipe Alou 20032006 646 342 304 .529 1 1 3 0 0 [65][66]
36 Bochy, BruceBruce Bochy 2007–present 1,458 751 707 .515 3 34 14 3 3 [13][67]

Statistics current through 2015 season


Managers with multiple tenures

#[a] Manager Seasons G W L WPct PA PW PL LC WS Ref
3 Ward, John MontgomeryJohn Montgomery Ward 1884, 18931894 291 162 116 .583 [16]
6 Davis, GeorgeGeorge Davis 1895, 19001901 252 107 139 .435 [19]
21 Rigney, BillBill Rigney 19561960, 1976 836 406 430 .486 [45]

Footnotes

  • a Although the Giants won the tournament called the World Series twice before 1900, the 19th century World Series was a very different event from the current World Series, which began to be played in 1903. The 19th century World Series was considered an exhibition contest between the champion of the National League and the champion of the American Association.[4][5][68]
  • b #: A running total of the number of Giants' managers. Thus, any manager who has two or more separate terms is only counted once.
  • c Dusty Baker won the Manager of the Year Award in 1993, 1997 and 2000.[69]

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