Phillies History: 9 of 55 Managers That Won World Series
3. Bucky Harris, 1924, 1947
- Years as Phillies Manager: 1943
- Years as Manager: 1924-28 (Player/Manager), 1929 (Player/Manager), 1930, 1931 (Player/Manager), 1932-43, 1947-48, 1950-56
- Year(s) Winning the World Series (Team): 1924 (Player/Manager, Washington Senators), 1947 (New York Yankees)
Bucky Harris was the 26th manager in Phillies history, the first and only on this nine-manager list to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the first on this list to have managed the Phillies after winning a World Series. Also, Harris is the first of two on this list with multiple World Series championships overall.
Not only did Harris play 12 seasons in his career, but he also managed for 29 — albeit just one season with the Phillies (1943). Despite managing 4,410 games with five different organizations, Harris failed to post a .500 or better winning percentage, although he still earned Hall of Fame honors after tallying two World Series championships and three pennants.
In 1947, Harris managed Yankees greats Joe DiMaggio and Yogi Berra, among others. That Yankees team would win the organizations’ 11th-ever championship that year, edging Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers 4 games to 3. While denied of a World Series championship in 1947, Robinson would make three more World Series appearances with the Dodgers (1949, 1952, 1953) before finally winning it all in 1955. Robinson and the Dodgers would lose again in 1956. Each of the six World Series Robinson ever appeared in came against the potent Yankees.
Harris also managed the 1948 American League All-Star team, which featured greats DiMaggio and Ted Williams, among others.
Harris won just 39 of his 94 games as Phillies skipper. He would be replaced mid-season by Freddie Fitzsimmons, who also struggled with a 25-37-1 record.