Managers of the Detroit Wolverines (1881 - 1888)

This is a comprehensive list of managers for the Detroit Wolverines organization. Win / loss statistics, winning percentage, position in division, and games behind the leader are also shown for each manager.

"The Detroit Wolverines (in) 1888: Ned Hanlon was the brains of the club and Dan Brouthers its muscle. Champions the previous year, the club was so money-starved that owner F.H. Stearns engineered a 15-game series against the St. Louis Association at the season's end." - Professor Ed Stephan
Detroit Wolverines

Managers & Finishes

Year Uniform # Manager(s) Wins Losses WP Finish GB
1881

n/a

Frank Bancroft

41 43 .488 4 th 15
1882

n/a

42 41 .506 6 th 12½
1883

n/a

Jack Chapman

40 58 .408 7 th 23
1884

n/a

28 84 .250 8 th 56
1885

n/a

Charlie Morton

7 31 .184 6 th 44

n/a

Bill Watkins

34 36 .486
1886

n/a

87 36 .707 2 nd
1887

n/a

79 45 .637 1 st +3½
1888

n/a

49 44 .527 5 th 16

n/a

Bob Leadley

19 19 .500

Detroit Wolverines Managers & Finishes



Did you know that the Detroit Wolverines played, during their eight year National League tenure, eight-hundred sixty-three games, won four-hundred twenty-six games and lost four-hundred thirty-seven games?

What happened to the Detroit Wolverines? The unceremonial loss / expelling of the 1880 Cincinnati Reds "created" them, the demise of the 1885 Buffalo Bisons put them on the map (they bought their entire roster for approximately $7,000 & they finished second & first respectively the next two seasons), and a single losing season in 1888 caused them serious financial troubles which they were never able to resolve.

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