Jim Manning (manniji01)

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James H. Manning

  • Bats Both, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 7", Weight 157 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Jim Manning played five years in the majors, perhaps most notably with the Detroit Wolverines during the time there of the Big Four. He also managed the Washington Senators in 1901.

Manning was born in Fall River, MA, a 19th Century hotbed of baseball. He was playing minor league ball by 1883 and came up to the majors for the first time in 1884 with the Boston Beaneaters. Primarily an outfielder, as a rookie he was the youngest regular on the team which went 73-38. After playing most of the 1885 season as a regular again for the Beaneaters, he was sold to the Wolverines in September.

Manning played sparingly for the Wolverines in 1885-1887 and was also with the Kansas City Cowboys of the American Association in 1889. He was to spend years in Kansas City, playing with various teams there through 1897.

He participated in Al Spalding's world tour in 1888-89, going to Australia and other countries.

He also managed at Kansas City during much of the time from 1888-1900. In 1901, when the American League got its start, Manning was the manager for the Senators, a team which featured veterans such as Boileryard Clarke, Bill Everitt, Sam Dungan and Billy Clingman. Manning, at age 39, was not much older than the oldest player on the team, 36-year-old Joe Quinn, who had made his debut in the majors in 1884, the same year Manning had.

The SABR biography of Tom Hernon states that when Hernon was with Kansas City in 1894, Manning both managed and owned the team. He worked three National League games as an umpire, one in 1886 and two in 1893.

The book The Detroit Tigers: A Pictorial Celebration has a photo of Manning.

Preceded by
first manager
Washington Senators Manager
Succeeded by
Tom Loftus

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1888 Kansas City Blues Western Association 76-42 1st none League Champs
1890 Kansas City Blues Western Association 78-39 1st none League Champs
1891 Kansas City Blues Western Association 66-59 2nd none
1894 Kansas City Blues Western League 68-59 3rd none
1895 Kansas City Blues Western League 73-52 3rd none
1896 Kansas City Blues Western League 69-66 5th none
1897 Kansas City Blues Western League 40-99 7th none
1898 Kansas City Blues Western League 88-51 1st none League Champs
1899 Kansas City Blues Western League 53-70 7th (t) none
1900 Kansas City Blues American League 69-70 5th none
1901 Washington Senators American League 61-72 6th Washington Senators


  • Eugene C. Murdock: Ban Johnson: Czar of Baseball, Contributions to the Study of Popular Culture, Greenwood Press; annotated edition, 1982.

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