Special Sub-Topic: World Series Winning Managers
|Despite having a career record under .500, who led the Phillies to their first World Series title in 1980?|
Dallas Green. Dallas Green only managed the Phillies for two and a half seasons, 1979-1981. Jim Frey was the manager for the World Series losing Royals. Danny Ozark was Philadelphia's manager before Green, and Pat Corrales was the manager after Green.
|In his first year as manager of the Orioles, who led them to the 1983 World Series title?|
Joe Altobelli. Joe Altobelli managed Baltimore for two and a half seasons, 1983-1985. Earl Weaver managed the Orioles from 1968-1982 and 1985-1986. Cal Ripken Sr. managed Baltimore from 1987-1988. Bobby Cox at the time was managing the Blue Jays.
|What manager led the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates to the World Series title?|
Chuck Tanner. Chuck Tanner was the Pirates' manager form 1977-1985. Danny Murtaugh led Pittsburgh to the 1971 title. Bill Virdon managed the Pirates from 1972-1973. Gene Mauch was the Montreal Expos first manager. He managed them from 1969-1975.
|Who led the 1966 Baltimore Orioles to their first World Series title?|
Hank Bauer. The Orioles swept the Dodgers and only gave up two runs in the entire series. Earl Weaver was Baltimore manager from 1968-1982 and 1985-1986. Luman Harris was an interim manager in 1961. Billy Hitchcock was manager from 1962-1963.
|What former all-star player led the 1969 Miracle Mets to their first World Series?|
Gil Hodges. All four choices were all-star players and managers. Yogi Berra was a coach on the 1969 Mets and later managed them from 1972-1975. Joe Torre managed the Mets later from 1977-1981. Harry Walker was the manager of the Astros at the time.
|Who managed the 1985 Kansas City Royals to their first World Series championship?|
Dick Howser. The underdog Royals became the first AL expansion team to win the World Series. Mike Ferraro became interim manager in 1986 after Dick Howser was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Billy Gardner was fired as Royals manager midway through the 1987 season. Whitey Herzog was Kansas City manager from 1975-1979, and he was manager of the 1985 World Series losing Cardinals.
|Who led the Oakland A's to their third straight World Series title in 1974?|
Alvin Dark. Dick Williams coached the A's to their first two titles in 1972 and 1973. Billy Martin was A's manager from 1980-1982. Chuck Tanner replaced Alvin Dark as Oakland manager in 1976.
|Who was the manager of the 1993 World Series winning Toronto Blue Jays?|
Cito Gaston. Cito Gaston, Toronto's winningest and longest serving manager at the time, led the Blue Jays to their second straight World Series championship in 1993. Jimy Williams was the manager before Gaston from 1986-1989. Tim Johnson was manager after Gaston for the 1998 season. Jim Fregosi was Toronto manager for the 1999 and 2000 seasons and he was the manager of the 1993 World Series losing Phillies.
|Who led the 1968 Detroit Tigers to their first championship in 23 years?|
Mayo Smith. Ralph Houk, who won the 1961 and 1962 World Series with the Yankees, managed Detroit from 1974-1978. Joe Schultz was interim manager for the Tigers in 1973, and Frank Skaff was the manager prior to Mayo Smith.
|Who was the manager of the 1990 World Series winning Reds? |
Lou Piniella. In his first year as manager of the Reds Lou Piniella won his first World Series. Pete Rose was Cincy manager from 1984-1989. Davey Johnson was manager after Piniella, from 1993-1995. Tony La Russa was the manager of the A's who lost the 1990 World Series.
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