Re: what bothers you about mlb?
posted at 6/23/2013 1:06 PM EDT
In response to soxyjim's comment:
what bugs me is that managers and coaches wear a uniform.why?
during ww2 these guys were player managers so they had to uni up
and be ready.they should wear slacks and a polo shirt with the teams hat
and jacket.you never saw connie mack wear a uniform.just picture don
zimmer in a uni and you will agree with me.
I don't get your premise that WWII caused an upsurge in player/managers. During WWII, the only three player/managers I can think of are Joe Cronin, Lou Boudreau and Mel Ott. Cronin by then had been manager for years, so only the other two became managers during the war and both remained managers after the war. Three player/managers was hardly unusual back then.
In 1934 (picked at random), for example, there were eight: Cronin, Mickey Cochrane, Rogers Hornsby, Jimmie Dykes, Frankie Frisch, Bill Terry, Charlie Grimm and Jimmie Wilson.
And that's the point. In the early days of baseball, it was common -- maybe even more common -- for there to be player/managers. In fact, as baseball developed in the late 1880s, it was probably just as likely or even more than likely that teams had a player/manager. So of course they wore uniforms and it just evolved into tradition.