|Tuesday, November 19
Baker in line to be Cubs' first All-Star manager
NEW YORK -- For the first time in more than a half-century, a Chicago Cub is in line to be an All-Star manager.
New Cubs manager Dusty Baker is expected to get the honor at next year's game at Comiskey Park in Chicago as reward for leading the San Francisco Giants to the World Series last month.
The pennant-winning skipper gets to manage that league's All-Stars the next season. When a manager leaves after the season, major league baseball decides who runs the All-Star team.
That decision hasn't been finalized but Baker will almost definitely get it because he remained in the National League. Had Baker shifted leagues, St. Louis manager Tony La Russa might have gotten the honor for leading the Cardinals to the NLCS.
Baker will be the first Cubs skipper to manage in the All-Star game since 1946, when Charlie Grimm did it the year after leading the Cubs to their most recent World Series.
Grimm's NL squad lost 12-0 to the AL at Fenway Park when Ted Williams hit two homers. The only other times a Cub managed the All-Star Game was when Grimm did it in 1936 and Gabby Hartnett in 1938.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, an All-Star manager from a team that didn't win the pennant isn't unprecedented.
Dick Williams, the last manager to step down after going to the World Series, also managed the All-Star game after switching teams.
Williams briefly retired after winning the 1973 Series with Oakland. However, he took over as manager of the California Angels the following season and managed the AL All-Star team.
Pittsburgh manager Danny Murtaugh stepped down after winning the World Series in 1971. Bill Virdon took over the Pirates the next year, but Murtaugh still managed the All-Star Game.
In 1965, neither All-Star manager won the pennant the previous year. The St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Yankees in the '64 Series and neither manager returned to the team the following season. Yankees skipper Yogi Berra was fired and was replaced by Cardinals manager Johnny Keane.
The All-Star managers in 1965 came from the second-place teams: Al Lopez of the Chicago White Sox and Gene Mauch of the Philadelphia Phillies. Lopez also managed in '64, after Ralph Houk was replaced by Berra as the Yankees' GM.
The Yankees also replaced their manager after losing the Series in 1960. Houk took over for Casey Stengel the following season and Paul Richards of the second-place Orioles managed both All-Star games in '61.
In 1954, Walter Alston managed the NL after replacing Charlie Dressen, who led the Dodgers to the Series the previous year.
In one of the oddest cases, Burt Shotton took Brooklyn to the Series in 1947 when Leo Durocher was suspended for being linked to gamblers.
Durocher returned in 1948, managed the All-Star Game and stepped down to take over the rival New York Giants after one game in the second half of the season.
Twice, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner fired pennant-winning Bob Lemon before the next year's All-Star Game. In 1979, Lemon still managed the AL, but in 1982, Oakland manager Billy Martin took the honors after losing in the ALCS.
Twice, a pennant-winning manager didn't go to the All-Star Game despite staying with his team. Boston's Joe Cronin managed in 1940 instead of the Yankees' Joe McCarthy, and McCarthy managed in 1936 instead of Detroit's Mickey Cochrane.
And in the first All-Star Game, John McGraw and Connie Mack were named managers even though neither one went to the Series the previous year.