New York Yankee all-time greatest managers – No. 4: Miller Huggins
Huggins was the manager of the Yankees for 12 seasons, 1918-1929, and compiled a 1,067-719 record (a .597 winning percentage) with the club. During that time he won three World Series and the team’s first six pennants.
He was skipper for the legendary 1927 Yankees, which featured “Murderer’s Row” consisting of hitters Earle Combs, Mark Koenig, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bob Meusel, and Tony Lazzeri. He was well-known as a very smart and inspiring manager who understood the fundamentals of the game and who was well respected by his players and coaches.
Despite having successful teams for the Yanks during the roaring 1920s, he continued to change personnel to sustain his teams’ dominance in the AL. He was never fully satisfied with the talent he had, and he continuously worked hard to improve the Bombers.
The Yankees dedicated a monument to Huggins in May 1932, placing it in front of the flagpole in center field at Yankee Stadium. He was the first among Yankee legends awarded this honor, which eventually became “Monument Park,” dedicated in 1976. The monument refers to Huggins as, A splendid character who made priceless contributions to baseball.
The team also named a field at Al Lang Stadium, once their spring training home, after Huggins.
He was posthumously elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame for his success as a manager by the Veterans Committee in 1964.