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Born: April 21, 1887 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: January 13, 1978 in Buffalo, New York
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Full name Joseph Vincent McCarthy Born April 21, 1887, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Died January 13, 1978, Buffalo, New York Buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Buffalo, New York Managed First Game: April 13, 1926; Managed Final Game: June 18, 1950Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1957 Named Major League Manager of the Year by The Sporting News (1936, 1938 and 1943)JOE McCARTHY This article was written by John McMurray and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research Self-effacing and relentlessly confident, Joe McCarthy was a relatively silent yet authoritative force behind the success of the New York Yankees during 1930s and most of the 1940s. McCarthy's Yankee teams regularly dominated the American League and, in many seasons, New York faced little competition for the pennant. Although he was once famously scorned by Jimmy Dykes as a "push-button manager" who won largely because of his teams' superior talent, McCarthy's former players regarded him as indispensable to the success of seven World Series-winning teams in New York. "I hated his guts," said former Yankee pitcher Joe Page, "but there never was a better manager."The first manager to win pennants in both leagues, McCarthy also managed the Chicago Cubs to the World Series in 1929. Overall, McCarthy's teams won seven World Series in nine appearances, and his career winning percentages of .615 in the regular season and .698 in the post-season remain major league records. At the end of his career, McCarthy also managed the Boston Red Sox. Although McCarthy's Red Sox teams won 96 games in both 1948 and 1949, he was never able to manage Boston to the World Series, leading many Red Sox fans to view him as aloof and gruff rather than the taciturn managerial genius that so many Yankee fans embraced.McCarthy was born in Philadelphia on April 21, 1887. When he was only three years old, his father was killed in a cave-in while working as a contractor. McCarthy's impoverished upbringing forced him to do everything from carrying ice to shoveling dirt. Still, his prowess playing baseball in the Germantown section of Philadelphia soon earned him attention. He was a member of his grammar school team as well as a local team in Germantown.
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