Bill Carrigan

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William Francis Carrigan
(Rough)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Bill Carrigan with Boston in 1915

Bill Carrigan was a catcher for 10 years in the major leagues, and also managed for 7 seasons, all with the Boston Red Sox. He was on the pennant-winning 1912 Red Sox team and was player-manager of the 1915 and 1916 teams that won the World Series. He retired to his hometown of Lewiston, ME from managing after the 1916 World Series and started a chain of movie theatres around New England, which he eventually sold for a large profit; at the time, he had just married and his first child had just been born and he considered that a life in baseball was incompatible with raising a family. He was convinced to return to the dugout in 1927, but the team was no longer competitive, and the style of play had changed considerably from the time of Carrigan's heyday. He stayed for three seasons and retired for good. Carrigan later coached at Bates College in 1933-1934. He had a successful career in banking following that second retirement.

He is one of the few catchers to catch three no-hitters in the majors.

He was at the College of the Holy Cross at the same time as John Flynn, Jack Hoey, and Queenie O'Rourke.

Notable Achievements[edit]


Preceded by
Jake Stahl
Boston Red Sox Manager
1913-1916
Succeeded by
Jack Barry
Preceded by
Lee Fohl
Boston Red Sox Manager
1927-1929
Succeeded by
Heinie Wagner

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1913 Boston Red Sox American League 40-30 4th Boston Red Sox replaced Jake Stahl (39-41) on July 16
1914 Boston Red Sox American League 91-62 2nd Boston Red Sox
1915 Boston Red Sox American League 101-50 1st Boston Red Sox World Series Champs
1916 Boston Red Sox American League 91-63 1st Boston Red Sox World Series Champs
1927 Boston Red Sox American League 51-103 8th Boston Red Sox
1928 Boston Red Sox American League 57-96 8th Boston Red Sox
1929 Boston Red Sox American League 58-96 8th Boston Red Sox

Further Reading[edit]

  • Mark Armour: "William Francis Carrigan", in David Jones, ed.: Deadball Stars of the American League, SABR, Potomac Books, Inc., Dulles, VA, 2006, pp. 432-433.

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