The fifth greatest general manager of all time built a team that won 14 of 16 pennants. Then he was fired.
Mark Armour and Dan Levitt have written a book: In Pursuit of Pennants, which examines how front offices have historically found innovative ways to build winning teams. In support of that, they are counting down the top-25 GMs of all time over at their blog. Since it’s slow season, I’m going to continue linking to the countdown as it’s great stuff we rarely read about in the normal course.
The Yankees had already won a bunch of pennants and World Series titles by the time George Weiss took the reins in 1947. But from that point on, until he was dismissed in 1960 because the Yankees thought he was too old to do the job -- the Yankees went on a tear unlike baseball had ever seen, winning 10 pennants and seven World Series championships in 13 years. The team he built around a core of Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford -- all graduates of the Yankees farm system Weiss ran before taking the GM job -- went on to win four more pennants and two more World Series championships.
Go read about Weiss here. Including why, for all of that success, he only ranks as the fifth greatest GM of all time.