With a managerial career that began at the young age of 27, Bucky Harris spent 29 seasons as a Major League skipper. His first chance to lead came as the player/manager of the 1924 Washington Senators, his first of three separate tenures leading the ball club in the nation’s capital. He immediately guided his team to a World Series Championship, the first and only in Washington history. When he left the Senators after the 1928 season, he would spend time managing the Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies before he joined the New York Yankees in 1947. He would win his second World Series that year, but after a third place finish in 1948 he was out of job and back with the Senators in 1950. He spent two final seasons leading the Tigers in 1955 and 1956 before retiring. His 2158 managerial wins ranks seventh all-time.
While Harris was a mediocre player, he began his career as a specialist at being hit by pitches, leading the league three seasons in a row from 1920-1922.
July 25, 2011