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1906 Fan Craze

Miller James Huggins
(Hug or Mighty Mite)

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1964

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Legendary manager Miller Huggins was an above-average player but much more famous as a manager. He managed two major league teams - first the St. Louis Cardinals where he managed the young Rogers Hornsby and then the New York Yankees where he managed Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and other famous Yanks.

Huggins, who was born in 1878 in Cincinnati, OH, went to the University of Cincinnati, the same school that Sandy Koufax attended a half-century later. Huggins became the first player from the University of Cincinnati to make the majors.

Huggins was already playing minor league ball during college, and was with St. Paul for several years. He came to the majors in 1904 when he was 26 years old, spending his first six seasons with the Cincinnati Reds and his last seven with the St. Louis Cardinals, some as player-manager.

Huggins specialized in drawing walks, leading the league four times during his career. Since it was the dead-ball era, his batting average and walks usually put him among the league leaders in on-base percentage. He also stole over 300 bases in his major league career.

Huggins never won a pennant as manager of the Cardinals, but he won six with the Yankees, including the one with the famous 1927 team, considered by many to have been the best team of all time. His teams won the World Series in 1923, 1927 and 1928.

He was also a lawyer. Due to illness, he stepped down as skipper of the New York Yankees on September 20, 1929. Five days later, he died of a rare skin infection at age 51. After his death, it was revealed that he had been a part-owner of the minor league St. Paul Saints while managing the Yankees, with his close friend, former Cardinals and Yankees scout Bob Connery being the principal owner. It is notable because the Yankees used the Saints as a quasi-farm team during those years, and that Huggings would personally benefit whenever the Yanks bought a player from St. Paul.

His first Baseball Card appearance was in the 1906 WG-3 Fan Craze set.

"We had a few battles, but there was no man I liked better in baseball. Whatever he said to me was for my own good." - Babe Ruth

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • NL On-Base Percentage Leader (1913)
  • 4-time NL Bases on Balls Leader (1905, 1907, 1910 & 1914)
  • NL Singles Leader (1906)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 3 (1905, 1910 & 1911)
  • AL Pennants: 6 (1921-1923 & 1926-1928)
  • Managed three World Series Champions with the New York Yankees (1923, 1927 & 1928)
  • 100 Wins Seasons as Manager: 2 (1927 & 1928)
  • Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 1964


Preceded by
Roger Bresnahan
St. Louis Cardinals Manager
1913-1917
Succeeded by
Jack Hendricks
Preceded by
Bill Donovan
New York Yankees Manager
1918-1929
Succeeded by
Art Fletcher

[edit] Year-By-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1913 St. Louis Cardinals National League 51-99 8th St. Louis Cardinals
1914 St. Louis Cardinals National League 81-72 3rd St. Louis Cardinals
1915 St. Louis Cardinals National League 72-81 6th St. Louis Cardinals
1916 St. Louis Cardinals National League 60-93 7th St. Louis Cardinals
1917 St. Louis Cardinals National League 82-70 3rd St. Louis Cardinals
1918 New York Yankees American League 60-63 4th New York Yankees
1919 New York Yankees American League 80-59 3rd New York Yankees
1920 New York Yankees American League 95-59 3rd New York Yankees
1921 New York Yankees American League 98-55 1st New York Yankees Lost World Series
1922 New York Yankees American League 94-60 1st New York Yankees Lost World Series
1923 New York Yankees American League 98-54 1st New York Yankees World Series Champs
1924 New York Yankees American League 89-63 2nd New York Yankees
1925 New York Yankees American League 69-85 7th New York Yankees
1926 New York Yankees American League 91-63 1st New York Yankees Lost World Series
1927 New York Yankees American League 110-44 1st New York Yankees World Series Champs
1928 New York Yankees American League 101-53 1st New York Yankees World Series Champs
1929 New York Yankees American League 82-61 -- New York Yankees replaced by Art Fletcher on September 21

[edit] Further Reading

  • Steve Steinberg: "The St. Paul-New York Underground Railroad", in Daniel R. Levitt, ed.: Short but Wondrous Summers: Baseball in the North Star State, The National Pastime, Volume 42 (2012), pp. 38-43.
  • Cort Vitty: "Yankees Catchers During the Huggins Era", in The Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Volume 42, Number 1 (Spring 2013), pp. 106-110.

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