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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Italian job: managing championship teams, 11 of 21 since 1996.

Both managers in the 2016 finals are Italian: Terry Francona and Joe Maddon. So, it doesn't matter which team wins this week.


His father is Tito Francona, who played outfield for several Major League clubs from 1956 to 1970, including Cleveland from 1959 through 1964.[3] Francona is of Italian ancestry.


The son of an Italian father, Joe Sr. (who shortened the family name from Maddonini), and a Polish mother, Albina (Beanie)

Joe Torre 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 (over Bobby Valentine)
Tony La Russa 2006, 2011; also won in 1989
Terry Francona 2004 (over La Russa), 2007
Mike Scioscia 2002
Joe Girardi 2009

That adds up to 10 from 1996 through 2015.

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