"The first year that I became a manager, 1969, with the Twins, I won a division championship. And got fired. The Tigers hired me. I had made $35,000 and the Tigers gave me a big raise. I won another division title and got fired again. Texas hired me, and with a bigger raise. I came in second, and got fired. The Yankees hired me, and tripled my salary, When I got fired there, and Oakland hired me - they gave me an unbelievalbe raise. I've got a long-term contract now, but if I get fired again, I might run for President."
Note: Those with less than 5% of
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be elected by the Veteran's Committee. Source: National Baseball Hall of Fame. Special thanks to Keith
Hemmelman for compiling the data.
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