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- Updated: August 14, 2013
That southern draw, the unmistakeable walk, the dry wit, these are just some of the things that have endeared Charles Fuqua Manuel to Philly fans. The World Series championship in 2008 & five division titles are pretty good too.
But on Monday night, Manuel did something only 58 other men in baseball history have managed to do. He won his 1,000th career game in a 5-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
He joins Buck Showalter, Terry Francona, Jim Leyland, Davey Johnson, Bruce Bochy, Dusty Baker & Mike Scioscia as the only active managers with a grand or more.
Other managers to reach at least a thousand wins are Connie Mack, Tony La Russa, and Tommy Lasorda just to name a few.
780 of those wins have come in Phillies pinstripes, with a world championship, two National League championships & five National League East crowns coming along the way.
Manuel also managed three years in Cleveland where he racked up 220 wins, and collected one American League Central title.
Manuel’s 780 wins rank first all time in Phils history, and though it is widely expected that this will be Charlie’s last season managing the Fightin Phils, he will rank first in the hearts of Phillies fans for a very long time.
Stats Courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com
Photo Courtesy of LehighValleyLive.com