Monday, May 5, 2008
#414 John McNamara
Why this card is awesome: Because this photo was probably taken in the spring of 1987, mere months after the famous debacle in the 1986 World Series for the Red Sox. Few people remember how, in the 1986 ALCS, Boston beat the (then California) Angels under vaguely similar circumstances to how they lost the World Series to the Mets. Little did McNamara know at the time this photo was taken that he was at the apex of his managerial career.
Cool stat: You can see right here that McNamara managed six different teams in the big leagues (Oakland, San Diego, Cincinnati, California, Boston, and Cleveland.) That's got to be fairly high up on the list. Which managers have managed more?