Ranking every Philadelphia Phillies manager from worst to first

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 21: Manager Charlie Manuel of the Philadelphia Phillies speaks to the crowd as he celebrates defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-4 to advance to the World Series in Game Five of the NLCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 21, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 21: Manager Charlie Manuel of the Philadelphia Phillies speaks to the crowd as he celebrates defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-4 to advance to the World Series in Game Five of the NLCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 21, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – 1993: Manager Jim Fregosi of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on from the dugout during a Major League Baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium in 1993 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images) /

Longest-tenured Phillies managers

The Phillies have had a lot of one-season – or even partial-season – managers over the years. Here are the only skippers to last at least five seasons:

Harry Wright (1884-90)
Bill Shettsline (1898-1902)
Red Dooin (1910-14)
Burt Shotton (1928-1933)
Jimmie Wilson (1934-38)
Eddie Sawyer (1948-52)
Gene Mauch (1960-68)
Danny Ozark (1973-79)
Jim Fregosi (1991-96)
Charlie Manuel (2005-13)

The Dark Ages (1933-1948)

Over this decade and a half, the Phillies had seven different managers: Burt Shotton, Jimmie Wilson, Hans Lobert, Doc Prothro, Lobert again, Bucky Harris, Freddie Fitzsimmons, Ben Chapman, Dusty Cooke, and Eddie Sawyer. Shotton had managed from 1928-33, before leaving for the Cincinnati Reds.

In 1948, the season was split between Chapman, Cooke, and Sawyer, who would continue to manage the team until 1952.

If Shotton and Chapman’s names sound familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen the movie 42; in 1947, Shotton filled in for Brooklyn Dodgers manager Leo Durocher when he was suspended for the season, and Chapman was the virulent racist Phillies skipper hurling racial epithets at a rookie Jackie Robinson.

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