Former MLB Manager John McNamara Dies at 88


Longtime MLB manager John McNamara, who most famously guided the Boston Red Sox to the 1986 World Series against the New York Mets, has reportedly died at age 88.

McNamara, who managed parts of 19 seasons in the Majors, died on Tuesday in Tennessee, family members reportedly confirmed to the Boston Globe.

The native of Sacramento, California, compiled a career record of 1,160 wins and 1,233 losses, good for a .485 winning percentage.

McNamara was skipper of the doomed '86 Red Sox team that fell to the Mets in a classic seven-game series, including the famed Game 6 in which aging first baseman Bill Buckner misplayed a 10th-inning ground ball, allowing the Mets to escape with a come-from-behind walkoff win in what could have been a series-clinching victory for the Sox.

McNamara maintained he had no regrets about the decision to have Buckner in the field.

McNamara managed two more seasons in Boston, before moving on to Cleveland (a second stint), and eventually finishing out as interim manager of the then-California Angels in 1996. He got his start as Oakland Athletics manager at the age of 37 in 1969, and also went on to manage the San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds.