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St Louis Cardinals Managers By Year

By Mahesh Bajagain / 11 August 2023 03:09 AM

Cardinals congratulated Oliver Marmol on his 100 career managerial victories with the Cardinals.
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St Louis Cardinals Managers by Year include Mike Shildt, Joe Torre, and Jack Kroll. Oliver Marmol has been serving as a manager since 2022.

The Cardinals coaches' history is prosperous that spans over a century. The management choices they have made over the years have been vital in determining the team's success. 

The 11 times World Series Champions have been served by 65 managers from its establishment to the present date. 

Cardinals managers' history is marked by the different legendary coaches in different eras. From the early time of 19th century, managers like Frank Selee and John McGraw to 20th-century managers like Billy Southworth and Red Schoendienst inspire the club the success.

Now, the tradition has been carried on more recently by managers like Mike Matheny, Mike Shildt, and Oliver Marmol.

List of St. Louis Cardinals Managers (Since 1960)

List of St. Louis Cardinals Managers comprises John Keane, Joe Torre, and Mike Matheny. Only 13 managers have been appointed after 1960.

Here is the Cardinals Managers list since 1960 mentioned in the following table:

ManagersSeasons
Solly Hemus1959–1961
Johnny Keane1961–1964
Red Schoendienst1965–1976, 1980, 1990
Vern Rapp1977–1978
Jack Krol1978, 1980
Ken Boyer1978–1980
Whitey Herzog1980–1990
Joe Torre1990–1995
Mike Jorgensen1995
Tony La Russa1996–2011
Mike Matheny2012–2018
Mike Shildt2018–2021
Oliver Marmol2022–present

Solly Hemus

On July 6, 1961 Hemus was fired as manager of the Cardinals and replaced by coach Johnny Keane.
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Solly Humes was appointed as Cardinals manager in the 1960 season. Cardinals finish the league in 3rd position in that season with a win percentage was .558.

However, in the following season, the win percentage plummeted to .446. St Louis Cardinals manager was fired on July 6, 1961, after the win-loss ratio of 33-41. He was replaced by Johnny Keane in the middle of the season.

Johnny Keane

Johnny Keane joined the Cardinal in the middle of the 1961 season. He leads the team to the fifth position in the same season with a win percentage of .587. 

He served the Cardinals for the next three seasons. His achievements were securing 1st position in the division in the 1964 season and a World Series title in 1964. His overall winning percentage is .563 during his tenure at Cardinals.

Red Schoendienst

Schoendienst is the manager with the second-most victories (1,041) in club history.
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Red Schoendienst started his managerial career with the Cardinals from season 1965. He is one of the longest-serving Cardinal managers who coach the team from 1965 to 1976 in his first tenure.

 Later, in 1980 and 1990 he was reappointed in the middle of the season as an interim manager of the club to handle the worst performance of the Cardinals in those seasons.

His overall winning percentage with Cardinals is 0.522 in his 14 seasons which includes 12 full seasons and 2 seasons as interim manager. Cardinals were rewarded with Two NL pennants and one world series win in his tenure.

Vern Rapp

Vern Rapp was the St. Louis Cardinals manager in the season 1977. However, he was fired after playing 17 games in the next season because of his worst winning percentage.

His leadership put his team in 3rd position in his first season with a winning percentage of .512. But the winning statistics had dropped to worse .353 in the next season resulting in his departure from the club.

Jack Krol

Jack Krol managed only 3 games as a Cardinals manager in two seasons. He lead the team for 2 games in 1977 after the departure of Vern Rapp and managed 1 game in the 1980 season. The Cardinals won 1 match out of 3 under his managerial role.

Ken Boyer

St Louis Cardinals managers history includes Ken Boyer from the middle of the 1978 season to 1989. His winning percentage in the Cardinals is .466. 

St. Cardinals manager Boyer was fired in 1980 after 18 wins out of 51 games.

Whitey Herzog

On July 25, 2010, Whitey Herzog was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
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Whitey Herzog lead the Cardinals for a decade. Herzog managed the Cardinals from 1980 to 1990 winning three NL pennants and one world series title.

His win-loss ratio for the Cardinals was 822 to 728 with a winning percentage of .530.

Joe Torre

St. Louis Cardinals coaches history includes six seasons of Joe Torre from 1990-1995. His winning percentage in his time with the Cardinals is .498. 

He was replaced by Mike Jorgensen in the middle of the season in 1995 because of his bad winning percentage in that season. It was just .426 in 47 games.

Tony La Russa

Russa took over as the Cardinals' manager on October 24,1996.
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Mike Jorgensen only managed 96 games for the Cardinals in the 1995 season with a winning percentage of .438. Later, at the beginning of season 1996, Tony La Rusa replaced him.

He served the Cardinals for almost 16 seasons making him the longest and most loyal servant of the club. During his tenure, the club tastes success as two world series in 2006 and 2011. 

He has the record of most wins as manager for the Cardinals with 1408 wins in 16 seasons. He has a winning percentage of .544 with the Cardinals.

Mike Matheny

Cardinals have fired manager Matheny on July 15, 2018.
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St Louis Cardinals manager list includes Mike Matheny from the season 2012 to 2018. Matheny inspired Club to win one NL Pennant in his tenure.

The club won 591 games and lose 474 games under him with and winning percentage of .555.

Mike Shildt

Mike Shildt led as the St. Louis Cardinals manager from 2018 to 2021. The Cardinals played 451 games under him with a winning percentage of .559. 

St Louis Cardinals manager fired was Mike Shildt at the end of the 2021 season. He had managed to 3 straight playoff appearances and a 252-199 record for the Cardinals.

Oliver Marmol

Former Cardinals manager, Mike Shildt was replaced by the current manager Oliver Marmol in 2021. Until now, he is leading the club with a winning percentage of .574.

Before the 2017 campaign began, Marmol was hired as the first base coach of the Cardinals. Later in the year, the Cardinals changed his position as bench coach. He is now leading the Cardinals as a manager beginning on October 25, 2021.

Oliver's playing career in the MLB was not particularly noteworthy. He was a standout player at the College of Charleston, where he played NCAA college baseball. However, he did not play at the top level of the professional game.

Marmol achieved success as a coach despite never having a professional playing career. He was the youngest team manager at age 35 years among the others in 2022. The next younger coach in the MBL is Rocco Baldelli of the Minnesota Twins who is 5 years older than Marmol.

Cardinals Managers History

St Louis Cardinals Managers History includes Ned Cuthbert as their first manager. He was appointed after the club's establishment in 1882.

Each manager has left their stamp on the team's history. From the early years under leaders like Jimmy Williams and Patsy Donovan the legacy of managers continues to the times of Miller Huggins and Billy Southworth.

Other names like Branch Rickey, Rogers Hornsby, and Gabby Street also graced the managerial position. They guide the team through a formative period. Cardinals won three World Series wins in the 1940s under Billy Southworth's leadership. 

Solly Hemus started the era off in 1960 as Cardinals manager. He was followed by Johnny Keane, who is well-known for leading the team to a World Series victory in 1964.

Whitey Herzog in the 1980s, was known for his innovative "Whiteyball" strategy that emphasized speed and defense.

St. Louis Cardinals manager Roger Bresnahan was featured in a supplement to The Sporting News on July 22,1909.
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Red Schoendienst, a longtime Cardinals player and manager, led the team through the 1960s and 1970s. He became a favorite of both players and fans thanks to his amazing tenure as manager. In the late '70s and early '80s, Vern Rapp and the legendary Whitey Herzog led the club to victory with their daring "Whiteyball" approach.

Early in the 1990s, Joe Torre led the Cardinals, and later, Tony La Russa had a very successful run from 1996 to 2011 that included a World Series victory in 2006. He went on to become one of the franchise's most successful managers. 

In 2012, Mike Matheny took over as manager. Later, Mike Shildt carried on the legacy of strong leadership and on-field success. Now, Marmol is the head coach of the Cardinals appointed as their 51st coach in 2022.

Who Is The Youngest Cardinals Manager Ever?

Currently, Cardinals Oliver Marmol is the youngest MLB manager.
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Youngest MLB manager ever is the Cardinals 37 year old coach Oliver Marmol. He was 35 years old when he joined the Cardinals in 2021.

The win-loss ratio of Marmol is 93-62 with a winning ratio of .574. Oliver managed a number of baseball teams before taking the St. Louis Cardinals job. A few of them are The Johnson City Cardinals, Palm Beach, and the Gulf Coast Cardinals.

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