The Ten Greatest Coaches and Managers in Chicago History

Chicago has seen many great coaches lead our teams. Some of these coaches made their marks here, while other began great careers before moving on to become Hall of Fame Managers and Coaches elsewhere. Narrowing the list to ten was not easy. Hall of Famers Joe McCarthy and Tony LaRussa began their careers in Chicago.

Some of these leaders made greater impacts than their record might indicate, while others brought World Championships to the Windy City.

Some of the Managers/Coaches that did not make the cut include Cap Anson, Dick Motta, Lou Piniella, Ozzie Guillen, Gary Barnett and Tom Thibodeau.

Thibodeau’s .702 winning percentage is first all-time across the five major franchises. Thibodeau just missed the cut.

Quenneville's Stanley Cup was the difference. Barnett changed the culture at Northwestern and Piniella was the first manager to take a Chicago baseball team to consecutive postseasons since Frank Chance led the Cubs to three consecutive pennants from 1906-08.



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