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Sticking it out

Upon being fired by the Brewers, manager Phil Garner said the move was "justified." Truer words were never spoken. Few managers had survived as long while losing as much. Connie Mack had consecutive losing-season streaks of 10 years and 13 years but he owned the ballclub. Otherwise, no manager has survived beyond seven straight losing campaigns, although Minnesota's Tom Kelly might make it. Here are the managers with the most consecutive losing seasons with one ballclub. Incidentally, of these nine managers, six combined to win 18 World Series titles.

MANAGER TEAM NO. YEARS RECORD PCT

Connie Mack Athletics 13 1934-36 691-1,168 .372

Connie Mack Athletics 10 1915-24 528-963 .354

Gene Mauch Expos 7 1969-75 499-627 .443

+Tom Kelly Twins 6+ 1993-99 444-573 .437

Phil Garner Brewers 6+ 1993-99 471-547 .463

Bucky Harris Senators 6 1937-42 409-506 .447

Jimmie Wilson Phillies 5 1934-38 280-477 .370

Casey Stengel Braves 4+ 1939-43 296-416 .416

Gil Hodges Senators 4+ 1963-67 321-444 .420

Joe Torre Mets 4+ 1977-81 286-420 .405

+ Still managing the Twins.

_ JOHN ROMANO

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