Edward Grant "Simon" Barrow
Manager


Born: May 10, 1868, Springfield, Illinois
Died: December 15, 1953, Port Chester, New York

Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame: 1953

Ed Barrow was hired by Harry Frazee in February 1918 to manage the Red Sox. Prior to that, Barrow had served as president of the International League for seven years. He had also managed teams in the Atlantic League and Eastern League, piloted the Detroit Tigers for 1 seasons, and spent four years in the hotel business in Toronto and Montreal.

In the 1890s in Pittsburgh, Barrow formed a partnership with Harry M. Stevens to sell food and drink at the local park. In what he later called the biggest business mistake he ever made, Barrow declined to follow Stevens to New York to take over the concessions business at the Polo Grounds.

After acquiring the Paterson, New Jersey club in the newly-organized Atlantic League, Barrow discovered and signed a young infielder named Honus Wagner. In 1897, Wagner batted .379 and Barrow sold him to Louisville of the National League.

In 1918, Harry Hooper, Everett Scott and Heinie Wagner helped convince Barrow to put Babe Ruth into the Red Sox's everyday lineup. After two more seasons in Boston, Barrow left in October 1920 to take a job as business manager with the New York Yankees. He was recommended for the job by Red Sox owner Harry Frazee. 

As general manager of the Yankees, Barrow organized and developed the farm system that helped build the sport's strongest dynasty. From 1921 to 1945, New York won 14 pennants and 10 World Series.

 

Regular Season
year team      games  wins  losses ties  pct standing
1903 Detroit    137    65     71    1   .478    5th
1904 Detroit     84    32     46    6   .410    7th (Resigned July 28)
1918 Boston     126    75     51    0   .595    1st
1919 Boston     138    66     71    1   .482    6th
1920 Boston     154    72     81    1   .471    5th
TOTALS          639   310    320    9   .492

World Series
year team     games   wins  losses   pct      result
1918 Boston     6       4     2     .667    Won Series

Minor League Managing
year team                 LG   wins  losses  pct  standing
1894 Wheeling, WV        ISL    36     22    .623    2nd
1895 Paterson, NJ        IAO   [No record available] 1st
1896 Paterson, NJ         AL    74     60    .552    3rd
1900 Toronto              EL    65     68    .489    5th
1901 Toronto              EL    74     53    .583    2nd
1902 Toronto Maple Leafs  EL    85     42    .669    1st
1904 Montreal             EL    22     19    .537    5th
1905 Indianapolis         AA    69     83    .455    6th
1906 Toronto              EL    46     88    .343    8th
1910 Montreal             EL    71     80    .470    5th
Incomplete Totals              542    515    .513
ISL - Interstate League; IAO - Iron and Oil League; AL - Atlantic League;
EL - Eastern League; AA - American Association.
President of Atlantic League: 1897-1899.
President of Eastern League (later, International League): 1910-1917.
Business Manager, New York Yankees: 1921-1939.
Team President, New York Yankees: 1939-1945.