Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Men Who've Called the Shots

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Men Who've Called the Shots

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A TIMELINE OF PIRATES GENERAL MANAGERS SINCE 1900. NOTE THAT BEFORE THE HIRING OF RAY L. KENNEDY IN 1946, THE OWNERS ALSO SERVED AS GENERAL MANAGERS:

Barney Dreyfuss

1900-32

A Hall of Famer. The man responsible for the greatest decade in Pirates history from 1900-09. Overall, his teams won five NL pennants, two of its five World Series championships and played in two others -- including the first -- while fielding a team that included Honus Wagner. Said NL president John Heydler of Dreyfuss: "He discovered more great players than any man in the game."

William E. Benswanger

1932-46

Could never duplicate the success of Dreyfuss, his father-in- law, despite the presence of the Waner brothers, Pie Traynor and Arky Vaughan. Teams finished second four times.

Ray L. Kennedy

1946

He was the first person to hold the title of general manager in franchise history.

H. Roy Hamey

1947-51

Brought in as the GM when the Galbreath consortium bought the team. He is perhaps best known for trading for aging slugger Hank Greenberg.

Branch Rickey

1951-56

Despite the presence of great slugger Ralph Kiner, his teams lost 100 games three years in a row (1952-54), including a team record 112 in 1952. Traded Kiner to the Cubs in 1953.

Joe L. Brown

1956-76 & 1985

Oversaw the resurrection of the franchise in the late 1950s, a period synonymous with the heyday of Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, Dick Groat, Bob Friend and Bill Mazeroski. His teams won World Series in 1960 and 1971. From 1970-76, they won five division titles.

Joe O'Toole/Harding Peterson

1976-79

Finished second three consecutive seasons.

Harding Peterson

1979-85

Under his watch, the team won its fifth and most recent world title. But also under his watch, the franchise descended to levels not seen since the 1950s, including a culture that culminated with the Pittsburgh Drug Trials of 1985. …

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