Thursday, October 21, 2010

Friday Baseball Post (Late Wednesday Edition)

I needed to know this after the Tuesday and Wednesday games, and so perhaps you'll be interested too.

Bruce Bochy played for Bill Virdon for all three of his years in Houston; for George Bamberger in his year with the Mets; and for Dick Williams (3 years), Steve Boros, and Larry Bowa (one year each) with the Padres. 

Virdon played for: Eddie Stanky, Harry Walker, Fred Hutchinson, Bobby Bragan, Danny Murtaugh (8 years), and Walker again.

Bamberger had cups of coffee with the 1951 and 1952 Giants -- that's Leo Durocher, of course, and the 1959 Orioles, which is Paul Richards.  But wait, there's more!  In four years with the Oakland Oaks, he played for Met Ott, Augie Galan, Chuck Dressen, and Lefty O'Doul.  Wow. 

Dick Williams played for Chuck Dressen (3 years), Walter Alston (Alston's manager for that one game?  Frankie Frisch), Paul Richards (total 4 years), Harry Craft, Bob Elliott, Billy Hitchcock, and Johnny Pesky.

Steve Boros played for Bob Scheffing, Bob Kennedy, Fred Hutchinson, and Dick Sisler.

Larry Bowa played for Frank Lucchesi, Danny Ozark (for a long time), Dallas Green, Lee Elia, Jim Frey, and I'm not mentioning some of the brief ones but I have to mention a bit of Charlie Fox.

Next generation up, just some highlights...

Stanky is of course a Durocher guy.  Dressen mainly played for a guy named Jack Hendricks, but also briefly for Bill Terry.  Murtaugh played longest for a Billy Meyer, who played for Connie Mack.  He also played for Billy Southworth, who played for John McGraw (and others), and for Freddie Fitzsimmons, again McGraw and Terry.  Harry Walker played for Southworth for a few years, then lots of people briefly. 

And I think I'll stop there.  Make of it what you will; I was just really curious, and thought some of you might be.

2 comments:

  1. This reminds me of Bill James' argument about "families of baseball managers." He argued that all managers come from the Branch Rickey family, the Connie Mack family, or the Ned Hanlon family. The theory isn't perfect and Bochy may be a problem. I don't remember who the main influence on Murtaugh was.

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  2. Yup, I should have noted that of course this is Bill James inspired. Also, I should have mentioned that baseball-reference.com is the greatest thing in the world. Having access to the minor league career of some obscure player in the 1910s, including the managers of his teams? Wow.

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