MLB Managers Who DID NOT Play Major League Baseball

Major League Managers who did not play Major League Baseball

This is a comprehensive checklist of Major League managers who have made it to the position of skipper without ever playing a single game on a Major League team / roster.

Important Notes : An italicized name denotes that the manager is actively running a Major League Baseball team. A bold name denotes that the manager never played professional baseball at any level - not one day as a player in Minor League Baseball!

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"A manager who cannot get along with a four-hundred hitter ought to have his head examined." - Joe McCarthy (a non-playing hall of fame manager from 1926 through 1950)

MLB Managers Who DID NOT Play MLB

Non-Player Managers Checklist | Listed In Alphabetical Order

1.
Manny Acta
2007-2012
2.
Bill Adair
1970-1970
3.
Bill Armour
1902-1906
4.
Frank Bancroft
1880-1902
5.
Ed Barrow
1903-1920
6.
Terry Bevington
1995-1997
7.
Hugo Bezdek
1917-1919
8.
John Boles
1996-2001
9.
Dave Bristol
1966-1980
10.
Daren Brown
2010-2010
11.
Freeman Brown
1882-1882
12.
Al Buckenberger
1889-1904
13.
Watch Burnham
1887-1887
14.
Ormond Butler
1883-1883
15.
Charlie Byrne
1885-1887
16.
Bill Kammeyer
1876-1876
17.
Joe Cantillon
1907-1909
18.
O.P. Caylor
1885-1887
19.
Terry Collins
1994-1999, 2011-2017
20.
Ed Curtis
1884-1884
21.
Charlie Cushman
1891-1891
22.
Mordecai Davidson
1888-1888
23.
John Day
1899-1899
24.
Tony DeFrancesco
2012-2012
25.
Harry Diddlebock
1896-1896
26.
Charlie Ebbets
1898-1898
27.
Wallace Fessenden
1890-1890
28.
Horace Fogel
1887-1902
29.
George Frazer
1890-1890
30.
Jim Frey
1980-1986
31.
Judge Fuchs
1929-1929
32.
John Gaffney
1886-1887
33.
Dave Garcia
1977-1982
34.
Jim Gifford
1884-1886
35.
Fredi Gonzalez
2007-2016
36.
Mase Graffen
1876-1876
37.
Charlie Hackett
1884-1885
38.
Jim Hart
1885-1889
39.
John Hart
1989-1989
40.
Louie Heilbroner
1900-1900
41.
Bill Henderson
1884-1884
42.
Ed Hengle
1884-1884
43.
Walter Hewett
1888-1888
44.
Trey Hillman
2008-2010
45.
Vedie Himsl
1961-1961
46.
Fred Hoey
1899-1899
47.
George Huff
1907-1907
48.
Tim Hurst
1898-1898
49.
Brandon Hyde
2011-2011, 2019
50.
Dan Jennings
2015-2015
51.
Johnny Keane
1961-1966
52.
Jim Kennedy
1890-1890
53.
Kevin Kennedy
1993-1996
54.
Jack Krol
1978-1980
55.
Karl Kuehl
1976-1976
56.
Bob Leadley
1888-1891
57.
Jim Leyland
1986-2013
58.
Nick Leyva
1989-1991
59.
Grady Little
2002-2003, 2006-2007
60.
Frank Lucchesi
1970-1987
61.
Joe Maddon
1996-1999, 2006-2019
62.
Jack McCallister
1927-1927
63.
Joe McCarthy
1926-1950
64.
John McCloskey
1895-1908
65.
Mel McGaha
1962-1965
66.
Jack McKeon
1973-2003, 2011-2011
67.
Denny McKnight
1884-1884
68.
John McLaren
2007-2008, 2011-2011
69.
George McManus
1876-1877
70.
John McNamara
1969-1996
71.
Stump Merrill
1990-1991
72.
Dave Miley
2003-2005
73.
Ray Miller
1985-1999
74.
Felix Moses
1884-1884
75.
Pat Murphy
2015-2015
76.
Billy Murray
1907-1909
77.
Jim Mutrie
1883-1891
78.
Paul Owens
1972-1984
79.
Danny Ozark
1973-1984
80.
Lew Phelan
1895-1895
81.
Horace Phillips
1879-1889
82.
Lefty Phillips
1969-1971
83.
Eddie Popowski
1969-1973
84.
Pat Powers
1890-1892
85.
Brian Price
2014-2018
86.
Jim Price
1884-1884
87.
Mike Quade
2010-2011
88.
Vern Rapp
1977-1984
89.
Greg Riddoch
1990-1992
90.
Jim Riggleman
1992-1999, 2008-2011, 2018-2018
91.
Cal Ripken, Sr.
1985-1988
92.
Stan Robison
1905-1905
93.
Pants Rowland
1915-1918
94.
Eddie Sawyer
1948-1960
95.
Mike Scanlon
1884-1886
96.
Bob Schaefer
1991-1991, 2005-2005
97.
Gus Schmelz
1884-1897
98.
Frank Selee
1890-1905
99.
Bill Sharsig
1886-1891
100.
Larry Shepard
1968-1969
101.
Bill Shettsline
1898-1902
102.
Mike Shildt
2018-2019
103.
Buck Showalter
1992-2018
104.
Lew Simmons
1886-1886
105.
Brian Snitker
2016-2019
106.
Harry Spence
1888-1888
107.
Pat Sullivan
1890-1890
108.
George Taylor
1884-1884
109.
Fred Thomas
1887-1887
110.
A.M. Thompson
1884-1884
111.
Jack Tighe
1957-1958
112.
Carlos Tosca
2002-2004
113.
Tom Trebelhorn
1986-1994
114.
Dave Trembley
2007-2010
115.
Ted Turner
1977-1977
116.
Chris VonDer Ahe
1895-1897
117.
Mike Walsh
1884-1884
118.
John Waltz
1892-1892
119.
Harvey Watkins
1895-1895
120.
Earl Weaver
1968-1986
121.
Jimmy Williams
1884-1888
122.
Bobby Winkles
1973-1978
123.
Al Wright
1876-1876
Managers Who Did Not Play MLB
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baseball almanac fast facts

Joe McCarthy (1926-1950), Frank Selee (1890-1905), and Earl Weaver (1968-1986), are the only three managers who never played a single Major League ballgame, that are also enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame . Rube Foster is also a Hall a Fame manager that never played Major League Baseball, and never managed a Major League team, but did both in the Negro Leagues.

Did you know that media-mogul Ted Turner managed "his" Atlanta Braves for one losing game in during the 1977 regular season? Turner had relieved Dave Bristol as skipper when he lost sixteen consecutive games. On May 11, 1977, Ted Turner took the field as manager and lost 2-1 to the Pittsburgh Pirates . National League President Chub Feeney made a rule that same day prohibiting a manager from owning a financial interest in his own team. Turner, who was very upset over the decision, named Vern Benson as the manager.

This comprehensive checklist of managers without any Major League playing experience can be used to answer many different trivia questions including; Who was the first? Which ones are still active? Who managed the longest?

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