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!

"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

#

Non-Player Manager

First - Last

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
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Non-Player Manager
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Managers Who Did Not Play MLB | Research by Baseball Almanac



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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