Most Future Managers in a Lineup

Here’s a topic that was brought to me by friend of the VORG Kurt Blumenau:

Well it turns out that while four is quite a few in one lineup, its NOT the record for one team. But first, a little history. The first instance of an MLB lineup containing a future manager, based on data culled from the Retrosheet gamelogs, occurred April 12, 1911. (This is the earliest date for which we have complete lineups. Its very likely there were earlier games which satisfied this condition). On 4/12/1911, four games featured future managers

  1. SLN: Miller Huggins, Roger Bresnahan, Rebel Oakes vs. CHN: Johnny Evers, Frank Chance, Joe Tinker, Johnny Kling
  2. BRO: None vs. BSN: Buck Herzog, Fred Tenney
  3. PIT: Fred Clarke, Honus Wagner, George Gibson CIN: None
  4. PHI: Otto Knabe , Hans Lobert, Red Dooin vs. NY1: None

The most players in one lineup to eventually manage in the big leagues is six, accomplished at least 45 times. The first game to feature six future managers in one lineup happened on Memorial Day of 1932. The Cubs hosted the Cardinals in a doubleheader, and in the first game, they featured six future managers in their starting nine: Billy Herman, Rogers Hornsby, Charlie Grimm, Gabby Hartnett, Billy Jurges and Burleigh Grimes.

As for the most recent game with six future managers on one team, we might consider the June 14, 1984 game featuring the New York Yankees. They had five full-time future managers in that lineup: Willie Randolph, Don Baylor, Lou Piniella, Toby Harrah and Don Mattingly. They also had Ken Griffey Sr., who managed one game for the Reds in 1999 when “manager of record” Jack McKeon was out of town for a family matter (h/t to Mike at Baseball Reference for the details).

If you want the six to exclude the “pinch-managers”, then you have to go back to 1960 for your most recent entry. On September 1st of that season, the Milwaukee Braves lineup featured Del Crandall, Eddie Mathews, Joe Adcock, Al Dark, Eddie Haas and Chuck Cottier.

The record for the most future managers (both teams’ lineups) is ten, accomplished twice:

June 12, 1949: NYA (Yogi BerraJerry Coleman, Hank Bauer, Eddie Lopat) vs. CLE (Bob Kennedy, Larry Doby, Joe Gordon, Lou Boudreau, Mickey Vernon, Bob Lemon)

August 28, 1949: BOS (Johnny Pesky, Ted Williams, Birdie Tebbetts, Billy Hitchcock) vs. CLE (Mickey Vernon, Larry Doby, Joe Gordon, Lou Boudreau, Bob Kennedy, Bob Lemon)

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