These are the truly great, chosen from the polling of 76 sports writers, and they go from A back to A:- from the days of Cap Anson down to Los Angeles' Dodgers' Alston. In between, among many others, we find McGraw of the Giants, Frank Chance of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Connie Mack of the Philadelphia Athletics, Joe McCarthy, Miller Huggins, Casey Stengel- all of the Yankees, and Leo Durocher of the Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers. The author, a sports writer for over 30 years, has caught the spirit of these men and shows how each one ran his team. Their characteristics- as well as their systems- were very different, but one basic characteristic was there- the will to win, no matter- within reason- what the price. These men come alive and old friends of baseball and new will recall with delight the great of the past and the managers of recent champs. Each section concludes with the individual manager's yearly record, plus the World Series.