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S.F. Giants managers
Gabe Kapler becomes the 17th manager of the Giants’ San Francisco era, dating to 1958. Here’s a look at those who preceded him.
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Bruce Bochy (2007-19): Bochy presided over the even-year dynasty that brought San Francisco its first World Series championship in 2010 and followed with titles in ’12 and ’14. He finished his Giants career two games from breaking even: 1,052 wins to 1,054 losses. Overall, he won 2,003 games, including his 12 season with the Padres. The 10 men to reach 2,000 wins before him are all in the Hall of Fame.
San Francisco Giants manager Felipe Alou watches the Giants play the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sept. 30, 2006.
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Felipe Alou (2003-06): In Alou’s best season, the Giants amassed 100 wins in 2003, but lost in four games in the Division Series to the Marlins. He debuted with the Giants as a player June 8, 1958, becoming the second Dominican to reach the majors. With the Expos, Alou was named Manager of the Year in 1994, the first Latino to win the award.
San Francisco Giants manager Dusty Baker carries his son Darren as he celebrates winning the National League pennant in San Francisco October 14, 2002. The Giants defeated the St Louis Cardinals 2-1 to advance to the World Series.
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Dusty Baker (1993-2002): In his final season, Baker led the Giants to the pennant, only for the bullpen to spell their downfall in a World Series against the Angels that went seven games. He rode the success of Barry Bonds before the steroid scandal broke, winning three Manager of the Year awards and finishing with an 840-715 record that included two other playoff appearances, in 1997 and 2000, both ending in the Division Series.
Giants manager Roger Craig leans back in his office while being interviewed by the media before Game 4 of the 1989 World Series against the Oakland A’s.
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Roger Craig (1985-92): Craig took over for the final 18 games of the team’s only 100-loss season — then Humm Baby went to work on a dramatic turnaround. He led the Giants to five consecutive winning seasons, highlighted by a pennant in 1989 before getting swept in the World Series by the A’s.
Former San Francisco Giants manager and player Jim Davenport in the dugout prior to the Giants legends game at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif., Saturday, June 11, 2011.
Photo: Stephen Lam / Special to The Chronicle
Jim Davenport (1985): Davenport was fired 144 games into the season with the team at 56-88. He left his mark in San Francisco over a 13-year playing career. The third baseman shared a lineup card with the likes of Gaylord Perry, Juan Marichal, Orlando Cepeda, Willie McCovey and Willie Mays.
Phillies manager Danny Ozark poses during a game at Wrigley Field in Chicago in 1979.
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Danny Ozark (1984): Fired by the Phillies in 1979 after a seven-year stint, including 101-win seasons in 1976 and ’77, Ozark got another shot at managing with the Giants five years later when Frank Robinson was fired midseason. Ozark’s San Francisco tenure would last only 56 games, including 32 losses.
Giants manager Frank Robinson looks on during batting practice before a Major League Baseball game circa 1983.
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Frank Robinson (1981-84): Robinson, a Hall of Fame outfielder, broke baseball’s color barrier for a manager with the 1975 Cleveland Indians, and became the first African American to manage in the National League with the 1981 Giants. He led them to playoff contention in 1982, but finished two games behind the Braves and one behind the Dodgers.
Willie McCovey hits his 513th career home run on June 16, 1979, passing Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews on all-time list. Coach Dave Bristol also pictured.
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Dave Bristol (1979-80): Bristol had a brief but tumultuous tenure as Giants manager, including the time he infuriated pitcher John Montefusco by pulling him late in two consecutive starts. The animosity devolved into a brawl in the manager’s office. Montefusco described to the Chicago Tribune how he put Bristol in a headlock and slammed his head on a desk until players separated them. Montefusco had a black eye the next day and later spoke of his regret for the incident. He was traded after the season, and Bristol was fired after the Giants finished 75-86.
Manager Joe Altobelli sits between coaches Bobby Winkles and Herm Starrette at the 1977 San Francisco Giants opening day, at Candlestick Park.
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Joe Altobelli (1977-79): Altobelli’s highlight came in 1978 when the club went 89-73, led by starters Vida Blue and Bob Knepper with sub-3.00 ERAs. But the Giants finished third in the NL West. He was fired the next season with a 61-79 record and 22 games remaining.
Willie Mays gets his hat fitted by Giants manager Bill Rigney, during the center fielder’s first visit to Seals Stadium in 1957.
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Bill Rigney (1956-60, 1976): The first manager of the Giants’ San Francisco era was a Bay Area native. Rigney, born in Alameda, managed two losing seasons with the New York Giants before turning the team’s fortunes in California. The Giants finished 80-74 and 83-71 in their first two seasons in San Francisco, but Rigney would be replaced midway through the third season. He returned to manage in 1976, Bob Lurie’s first year as owner, but didn’t fare well.
Wes Westrum is shown in a July 1974 file photo during his tenure as manager of the San Francisco Giants.
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Wes Westrum (1974-75): Westrum, a catcher on the New York Giants’ teams that won pennants in 1951 and ’54, finished a game below .500 in his only full season as manager in San Francisco.
Charlie Fox, who spent most of his baseball career with the Giants, pictured on April 4, 1972.
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Charlie Fox (1970-74): In 1971, Fox became the first Giants manager to win a division title; McCovey, Mays, Bobby Bonds, Marichal, Perry and company lost in the NLCS to the Pirates in four games. Fox had a .516 winning percentage over five seasons.
A group of the San Francisco Giants sluggers with manager Clyde King, left. Willie McCovey and Willie Mays watch JimRay Hart swing on March 5, 1969.
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Clyde King (1969-70): King led the Giants to their fifth consecutive second-place finish in 1969, going 90-72, but was let go after starting the next season 19-23.
The 1964 San Francisco Giants manager Herman Franks (l) and coaches Charles Fox, Larry Jansen and Cookie Lavagetto at Spring Training camp on March 15, 1966.
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Herman Franks (1965-68): Franks compiled the second-best winning percentage of all Giants managers at .567 but couldn’t break through to the World Series, with four runner-up finishes for the pennant, including tight races with the Dodgers in 1965 and ’66.
Former Giants player and manager Alvin Dark with some of his collected memorabilia at his home in Easley, South Carolina on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012.
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Alvin Dark (1961-64): Dark led San Francisco to its first World Series in 1962 and could have won it all, but McCovey’s Game 7 line drive was caught by Yankees second baseman Bobby Richardson in the bottom of the ninth inning. Dark holds the Giants’ best winning percentage at .569.
June 18, 1960: Tom Sheehan visits the San Francisco Giants clubhouse after being appointed interim manager in the place of Bill Rigney. Sheehan had been the head of the Giants scouting department.
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Tom Sheehan (1960): Sheehan replaced Rigney and didn’t return after his interim season, going 46-50.