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The Phillies have endured more poor seasons than good in their 134-year history, but there have been some seasons of glory. Here’s a look back at the men leading those teams, ranking the top five managers in club history.
Honorable mention: Harry Wright (1884 – 1893), Gene Mauch (1960 – 1968)
Neither Wright or Mauch won a championship or even a division title, but deserve mention as the managers with second and third most wins in franchise history. Harry Wright managed in the team’s infancy stage, having some success. From 1885 through 1888, the Phillies finished above .500 each season, with a .623 winning percentage in 1886 and second place finish in 1887. Wright had a career record of 636-566.
Mauch’s first two season’s as Phillies manager left much to be desired, as the team finished a combined 106-202. He got the team back to respectability, finishing above .500 from 1962 through 1967. Unfortunately, he was also manager of the 1964 team that surrendered a 6 1/2 game lead with 12 to play, finishing in second with 92 wins. Mauch had a career record of 645-689.