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!
"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)
Non-Player Managers Checklist | Listed In Alphabetical Order
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?