Red Sox managers: How they rank
Also serving at the helm: Chick Stahl (acting manager for 40 games during suspensions of Jimmy Collins in 1906; was slated to be manager in '07 but quit and subsequently committed suicide just before start of season); Cy Young (acting manager for six games at start of '07 season); George Huff (hired away from University of Illinois to succeed Young, but quit after just eight games); Bob Unglaub (first baseman and team captain took over for Huff but lasted just 29 games); Rudy York (interim manager for one game in 1959 between firing of Higgins and hiring of Jurges); Del Baker (interim manager for seven games in 1960 between firing of Jurges and return of Higgins); Pete Runnels (interim manager for final 16 games in 1966 after firing of Herman); Eddie Popowski (interim manager for final nine games in 1969 after firing of Dick Williams and final game of 1973 after firing of Kasko).
8. Ed Barrow
Finished 1st, 6th, 5th
The last manager to win a championship before Francona came along, the 1918 World Series championship came in a war-shortened season where Barrow rode Babe Ruth's coattails to a title.