Apr 21, 1887
|D: Jan 3, 1978
|New York (A)
About Joe McCarthy
- Joe McCarthy managed the New York Yankees to 8 pennants, 7
of which his team won the World Series. He also managed the
Cubs to a pennant in 1929.
- Attended Niagra University in Buffalo for 2 years, but
left for the promise of a baseball career.
- Played minor league ball from 1907-1921 and compiled a
.261 average. However during that stretch he was
player/manager for several clubs and became recognized for
his keen knowledge of the game and aggressiveness on the
- Was 0 for 4 against Babe Ruth in Ruth's big league debut
in Baltimore of the International League in 1914.
- International League President Ed Barrow recommended
Joe for the Yankees managerial job in 1916. An agreement was
near, but Joe inked a deal with the Brooklyn team of the
Federal League. Unfortunately for him, the league folded and
his chance at a major league position went by the
- Joe went back to Louisville of the American Association
and was a star second baseman for years. He became
player/manager in mid 1919 and managed them to a pennant in
1921. He stayed on as manager of Louisville through 1925,
all the while becoming recognized as the best manager in the
- In 1926, after some hesitation, McCarthy accepted William
Wrigley's offer to manage the Chicago Cubs. Wrigley
approached McCarthy after listening to the advice of John
Foster, the editor of the Spalding Baseball Guide
- His first move in 1926, was to ask for waivers on the
popular, but aging and somewhat out of control, Grover
Cleveland Alexander. This established his control of the
team and his players adhered to his style. He was a master
tactician and stressed double plays and insisted his
pitchers field their position well.
- In 1929, with the addition of Rogers Hornsby, who Joe
nearly demanded Wrigley to get, his Cubs had captured the
National League pennant. The team lost the World Series in 5
games to the Philadelphia A's.
- The Cubs and McCarthy parted ways late in the 1930 season,
after a turbulent relationship with Hornsby, who many felt
was trying to undermine McCarthy for the job himself.
- Shortly after the 1930 World Series, Yankees brass Jacob
Ruppert and long time supporter Ed Barrow offered him the
Yankees post for the 1931 season. His acceptance was popular
with the writers and many fans, but no so popular with the
Yankee players. The aging Babe Ruth had already expressed
his desire for the position.
- The strain with Ruth made the road a little tougher, but
in 1932, the Yankees were headed to a World Series. Their
opponent would be McCarthy's last employer, the Chicago
Cubs. The Yankees swept the series 4-0.
- McCarthy managed the Yankees to pennants in four straight
seasons starting in 1936. He also put together a run of 3
more pennants from 1941 through the 1943 seasons. Having
players along the way like Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, Bill
Dickey, Phil Rizutto, Red Ruffing and Lefty Gomez certainly
helped make the job somewhat trouble-free.
- In May of 1946, Joe left the Yankees amid poor health and
some tension with new Yankees President Larry McPhail.
- Joe stayed out of baseball for a year but returned to
manage the Red Sox in 1948. His team lost a heartbreaking
one game playoff to the Indians 8-3 and the team settled for
second place. In 1949, another second place finish and in
June of 1950, Joe resigned with his team in second place.
- He retired and went back back to Buffalo with his wife. Joe
had a great career and managed a handful of the greatest
players to ever play the game.
- Joe McCarthy was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1957. A
plaque was dedicated to him at Yankee Stadium on his 89th