Joe McCarthy

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Birthdate 4/21/1887
Death Date 1/13/1978
Debut Year 1926
Year of Induction 1957
Teams Cubs, Red Sox, Yankees
Position Manager

Joe McCarthy has the highest winning percentage in MLB history in both the regular and post season. No manager has more World Series rings. 

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Joe McCarthy's personal lifetime pass to the Hall of Fame

Joe McCarthy's personal lifetime pass to the Hall of Fame

In the collection is the lifetime pass to the Hall of Fame for Hall of Fame skipper Joe McCarthy. It’s easy to make the case for McCarthy as the greatest manager in the history of the Major Leagues. The object of the game is to win and no manager won as often as McCarthy. His .615 regular-seas
Joe McCarthy's life membership to the Association of Professional Ball Players of America

Joe McCarthy's life membership to the Association of Professional Ball Players of America

One of only a handful of successful big league managers never to have played in the Majors, Joe McCarthy toiled 15 years in the bushes before calling it quits as a player. By virtue of his minor league experience McCarthy was invited to join the Association of Professional Ball Players of America. M
1947-49 Joe McCarthy Distinguished Service Membership Card from the autoclub

1947-49 Joe McCarthy Distinguished Service Membership Card from the autoclub

Joe McCarthy was elected to the Hall of Fame based on his skill at piloting big league clubs. In the collection is a membership card vouching for his distinguished service to the automobile club of Buffalo, New York. On the short list in the conversation of the greatest manager of all time, McCarthy
Questionnaire signed and filled out entirely by Joe McCarthy

Questionnaire signed and filled out entirely by Joe McCarthy

Hall of Fame manager Joe McCarthy spent 24 seasons at the helm of three different teams. Known primarily for his eight pennants and seven World Series titles with the Yankees, McCarthy also led the Cubs to a National League championship in 1929. Much to the chagrin of McCarthy, Chicago unceremonious
Note with Joe McCarthy's career highlight of sweeping the Cubs in the 1932 World Series

Note with Joe McCarthy's career highlight of sweeping the Cubs in the 1932 World Series

The sweet taste of World Series victory over the team that had fired him two years earlier was Joe McCarthy’s lasting memory and highlight. Just as he stated in the questionnaire above, his first Fall Classic triumph remained indelible for the seven-time World Champ. In the collection is this
Rare Joe McCarthy personal check dated on the anniversary of departure with Cubs

Rare Joe McCarthy personal check dated on the anniversary of departure with Cubs

Though autographs of Joe McCarthy are quite common, examples of his signature on personal checks are seldom seen. In the collection is this check dated September 24, an important anniversary for both McCarthy, his team’s biggest star, and the Yankees strongest National League rival. After lead
Reprint card with Joe DiMaggio signed by Joe McCarthy

Reprint card with Joe DiMaggio signed by Joe McCarthy

Joe DiMaggio broke into the big leagues in 1936, immediately helping the Yankees and their manager Joe McCarthy to a World Series title. From ’36 until DiMaggio went into the military for World War II, McCarthy and the Yanks won six American League pennants, taking home baseball’s ultima
Joe McCarthy autographed black and white Hall of Fame plaque

Joe McCarthy autographed black and white Hall of Fame plaque

The antique appearance of black and white Hall of Fame plaque postcards is always a draw for autograph collectors. In the collection is this example signed by Yankee skipper Joe McCarthy. A willing signer through the mail, McCarthy lived to be 90 years old before passing away in 1978. McCarthy’
Joe McCarthy's signed income tax return

Joe McCarthy's signed income tax return

Here’s something seldom seen: a signed tax return from a member of baseball’s Hall of Fame. Skipper Joe McCarthy penned his name at the bottom of this form 1040. The seven-time World Champion signed his full legal name, “Joseph V. McCarthy”. Filled out months before his 89th
Dom DiMaggio rates former skipper Joe McCarthy

Dom DiMaggio rates former skipper Joe McCarthy

Dom DiMaggio played for manager Joe McCarthy for three seasons, making the All Star team under the former Yanks pilot two years in a row. In this handwritten letter, Joe DiMaggio younger brother writes, “In my estimation Joe McCarthy was an excellent manager and has to be rated with the best e

Stories about Joe McCarthy

Joe DiMaggio’s 1939 October blast left an impression on the baseball lifer who surrendered it

October 7th, 2018 Leave a comment

1939 World Series

Pro career starts at age 17 Gene Thompson enjoyed a pro baseball career that spanned parts of eight decades. Signed by the Reds as a 17-year old in 1935, Thompson played until 1950. Two years later at age 35, he embarked on a scouting career that lasted until after his 88th birthday. The highlight of his playing career came in his first year as a Major Leaguer in 1939. Debuting as a 21-year old, Thompson excelled in his role as the Reds swingman, going 13-5 with a 2.54 ERA in 11 starts and 31 relief appearances. Thompson wasn’t the only stellar performer. The Reds got 27 wins from MVP Bucky Walters and a league-leading 128 RBI from first baseman Frank McCormick. Cincinnati won 97 games to earn the National League pennant. Thompson’s Reds face the Yankees in October In the World Series, Cincinnati squared off against Joe McCarthy’s heavily-favored Yankees. After dropping the first two games in New York, the Reds tabbed Thompson to start Game 3 in Cincinnati. A win by the home team would put the Reds back in the thick of things; a loss would put them in a 3-0 hole against the two-time defending champs. In […]

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Lifetime passes were the brainchild of NL President Ford Frick; here’s a pictorial history

June 18th, 2016 Leave a comment

Lifetime pass

A newspaper man turned league publicist turned league president came up with a brilliant idea in 1934 — reward longtime National League players with a lifetime pass to all NL games. Senior Circuit owners approved Ford Frick’s proposal at the league meeting in December of ’34. A few months later, Frick sent out ornately decorated paper Lifetime Passes to the NL’s greatest players. He even sent one to Babe Ruth who appeared in all of 28 games for the Boston Braves in 1935. A 21-year veteran of the American League, the Babe was grateful if not surprised when he remarked, “At least the National League has a heart”. An image of the original paper pass presented to Hall of Fame outfielder Sliding Billy Hamilton can be seen below. A similar pass curiously issued to Stan Coveleski, a lifetime American Leaguer is also shown. Perhaps shamed by Ruth’s remarks, the American League joined forces in 1936 to issue a pass to all Major League contests. Players with twenty or more years of service received a solid gold pass. Seventeen men qualified for the true “golden ticket” — Ruth, Fred Clarke, Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins, Bill Dahlen, Harry Davis, Red Faber, Walter Johnson, […]

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