Ed Barrow, manager of the 1918 Red Sox — 1918: Babe Ruth and the World Champion Boston Red Sox by Allan Wood

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 1½ seasons, and spent four years in the hotel business in Toronto. In the 1890s in Pittsburgh, Barrow formed a partnership with Harry M. Stevens to sell concessions at the local park. In 1897, Barrow discovered and signed a young infielder named Honus Wagner.

In 1918, Harry Hooper, Everett Scott and Heinie Wagner helped convince Barrow to put Babe Ruth into the Red Sox’s everyday lineup. In October 1920, Barrow left Boston 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

5

1904

Detroit

84

32

46

6

.410

7

1918

Boston

126

75

51

0

.595

1

1919

Boston

138

66

71

1

.482

6

1920

Boston

154

72

81

1

.471

5

Career

639

310

320

9

.492

World Series

year

team

games

wins

losses

pct

result

1918

Boston

6

4

2

.667

Won Series