McCarthy spent 24 years managing teams in the majors starting with the Chicago Cubs in 1926. He helped steer the team through a pennant winning season in ’29. He went to the New York Yankees. The team won eight pennants and seven World Series titles under his reign. Four of the championship titles were won consecutively. After the Yankees, McCarthy went to Boston to work with the Red Sox for the final three seasons of his career. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager by the Veteran’s Committee in ’57.
Oddly enough, McCarthy never played for the majors. He just became a manager and won more than 60 percent of the games he managed. Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were among the players who worked under the one of the greatest managers to ever take charge of a team.
“Never a day went by when you didn’t learn something from (Joe) McCarthy.” – Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio
McCarthy is known for his “Ten Commandments for Success in Baseball,” they are…
1) Nobody ever becomes a baseball player by walking after the ball.
2) You will never become a .300 hitter unless you take the bat off your shoulder.
3) An outfielder who throws in back of a runner is locking the barn after the horse is stolen.
4) Keep your head up and you may not have to keep it down.
5) When you start to slide, slide. He who changes his mind may have to change a good leg for a bad one.
6) Do not alibi on bad hops. Anybody can field the good ones.
7) Always run them out. You never can tel.
8) Do not quit.
9) Do not fight too much with the umpires. You cannot expect them to be as perfect as you are.
10) A pitcher who hasn’t control hasn’t anything.