The Complete List of Houston MLB Managers

Yes, we know. Phil Garner’s # was 3 for most of his career, but what was it for the 74 games he managed the Astros late in 2004? Baseball America has him listed as “uk” for that partial first season as Houston’s manager.

 

Just in case it comes up again, here is the list of all managers in Houston MLB history, along with their records and uniform numbers. Please note that Harry Craft was not the last Houston manager to go with “1” as his identifying number choice, although “2” proved just as popular. Unless we miscounted, the numbers “1” and “2” both appear 8 times.

Also of interest is the fact that two short-term interim managers, Dave Clark (for 13 games in 2009) and Tony DeFrancesco (for 41 games in 2012) apparently managed in wrap-up seasons in which no one, including the managers themselves, was paying much attention to whatever the numbers were on their jerseys. Their numbers here are recorded as “uk” for “unknown.”

What we don’t get is – why weren’t they able to get Phil Garner’s # for the 74 games he managed the Astros in 2004 after taking over for Jimy Williams? Garner drew a “uk” for 2004, even though he very clearly wore # 3 for the other three seasons he managed the Astros (2005-07). A player probably already had uniform # 3 late in the 2004 year when Phil came in, but how hard could it have been to get the number from Garner as well as from the two others?

Sometimes it may just boil down to the question’s potential for embarrassment. If the person being asked takes it personally, they may be thinking something like: “Gee, if you don’t even recall my number, what else made me into a player or manager that left no impressions?”

Our consolation from this whole managerial number episode may be found in the following question: Is there anyone out there among Astros fans now who still doesn’t know that Astros manager A.J. Hinch wore # 14 on his way to leading the 2017 club to its first World Series victory?

BASEBALL AMERICA PRESENTS ~

Houston Colt .45s Managers

1962-1964

Managers & Finishes

Year Uniform # Manager Wins Losses WP Finish GB
1962 1

Harry Craft

64 96 .400 8th 36½
1963 1 55 95 .407 9th 33
1964 1 61 88 .409 9th 27
6

Lum Harris

5 8 .385
Houston Colt .45s Managers & Finishes

AND ….

Houston Astros Managers
1965 – 2018Managers & Finishes
Year Uniform # Manager(s) Wins Losses WP Finish GB Roster
1965 26

Lum Harris

65 97 .401 9th 32

1965

1966 1

Grady Hatton

72 90 .444 8th 23

1966

1967 1

Grady Hatton

69 93 .426 9th 32½

1967

1968 1

Grady Hatton

23 38 .377 10th 25

1968

25

Harry Walker

49 52 .485
1969 25

Harry Walker

81 81 .500 5th 12

1969

1970 25

Harry Walker

79 83 .488 4th 23

1970

1971 25

Harry Walker

79 83 .488 4th 11

1971

1972 25

Harry Walker

67 54 .554 2nd 10½

1972

1

Salty Parker

1 0 1.000
2

Leo Durocher

16 15 .516
1973 2

Leo Durocher

82 80 .506 4th 17

1973

1974 18

Preston Gomez

81 81 .500 4th 21

1974

1975 18

Preston Gomez

47 80 .370 6th 43½

1975

7

Bill Virdon

17 17 .500
1976 7

Bill Virdon

80 82 .494 3rd 22

1976

1977 7

Bill Virdon

81 81 .500 3rd 17

1977

1978 7

Bill Virdon

74 88 .457 5th 21

1978

1979 7

Bill Virdon

89 73 .549 2nd

1979

1980 7

Bill Virdon

93 70 .571 1st +1

1980

1981 7

Bill Virdon

61 49 .555 3rd / 1st 6

1981

1982 7

Bill Virdon

49 62 .441 5th 12

1982

5

Bob Lillis

28 23 .549
1983 5

Bob Lillis

85 77 .525 3rd 6

1983

1984 5

Bob Lillis

80 82 .494 2nd 12

1984

1985 5

Bob Lillis

83 79 .512 3rd 12

1985

1986 22

Hal Lanier

96 66 .593 1st +10

1986

1987 22

Hal Lanier

76 86 .469 3rd 14

1987

1988 22

Hal Lanier

82 80 .506 5th 12½

1988

1989 18

Art Howe

86 76 .531 3rd 6

1989

1990 18

Art Howe

75 87 .463 4th 16

1990

1991 18

Art Howe

65 97 .401 6th 29

1991

1992 18

Art Howe

81 81 .500 4th 17

1992

1993 18

Art Howe

85 77 .525 3rd 19

1993

1994 2

Terry Collins

66 49 .574 2nd ½

1994

1995 2

Terry Collins

76 68 .528 2nd 9

1995

1996 2

Terry Collins

82 80 .506 2nd 6

1996

1997 49

Larry Dierker

84 78 .519 1st +5

1997

1998 49

Larry Dierker

102 60 .630 1st +12½

1998

1999 49

Larry Dierker

97 65 .599 1st +1½

1999

2000 49

Larry Dierker

72 90 .444 4th 23

2000

2001 49

Larry Dierker

93 69 .574 1st +5

2001

2002 22

Jimy Williams

84 78 .519 2nd 13

2002

2003 22

Jimy Williams

87 75 .537 2nd 1

2003

2004 22

Jimy Williams

44 44 .500 2nd 13

2004

uk

Phil Garner

48 26 .649
2005 3

Phil Garner

89 73 .549 2nd 11

2005

2006

3

Phil Garner

82

80

.506

2nd

2006

2007 3

Phil Garner

58 73 .443 4th 12 2007

15

Cecil Cooper

15 16 .484

2008

15

Cecil Cooper

86

75

.534

3rd

11

2008

2009 15 Cecil Cooper 70 79 .470 5th 17 2009
uk Dave Clark 4 9 .308
2010 2 Brad Mills 76 86 .469 4th 15 2010
2011 2 Brad Mills 56 106 .346 6th 40 2011
2012 2 Brad Mills 39 82 .322 6th 42 2012
uk Tony DeFrancesco 16 25 .390
2013 16 Bo Porter 51 111 .315 5th 45 2013
2014 16 Bo Porter 59 79 .428

4th

28

2014

1

Tom Lawless (1)

11

13

.458

2015 14 A.J. Hinch 86 76 .531 2nd 2 2015
2016 14 A.J. Hinch 84 78 .519 3rd 11 2016
2017 14 A.J. Hinch 101 61 .623 1st +21 2017
2018 14 A.J. Hinch 2018
Year Uniform # Manager(s) Wins Losses WP Finish GB Roster
Houston Astros Managers & Finishes | (1) = Interim Manager

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

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4 Responses to “The Complete List of Houston MLB Managers”

  1. bhick6 Says:

    For 2004, Manager Jimy Williams began the year wearing uniform #3. When Phil Garner took over, he wore #3. Once again, my source is the book NOW BATTING NUMBER…., by Jack Looney.

    Bill Hickman

  2. bhick6 Says:

    Tony DeFrancesco wore #11 as Interim Manager in 2012. Was able to discern that from the caption to a Getty photo. As for Dave Clark, I think his number was #35 as Interim Manager in 2009. He had been the Astros’ third base coach when in September of 2009 he was moved into the managerial position to succeed Cecil Cooper. A May, 2009, newspaper photo shows him wearing #35. A 2010 photo shows him back as third base coach still wearing #35.

    Bill Hickman

  3. Mike McCroskey Says:

    Dave Clark went straight from his 3rd base coaching job
    to manager, then returned as an Astro coach the following
    year. He kept his number 35 his entire Astro career. (Fact
    checked by my daughter Meghan.)

  4. David Says:

    Harry Craft was an exspansion Manager he did not have much to work with but they sure were fun to watch. Beat the cubbies their first three games. Roman Mejias two home run in one game. Boy was the city happy to have Major League Baseball.

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