The Youngest Minor League Manager
Frank Lucchesi, an infielder for the 1947 Yanks, followed Metro’s example, becoming a highly successful minor league manager. In 1951, at age 23, he became the youngest manager in the minor leagues. In 1970, after 19 years in the minors, he was selected to manage the Philadelphia Phillies
(and a Billy Martin Replacement!)
Lucchesi spent three years – from 1970 through 1972 at the helm of the Phillies. After Texas Rangers manager Billy Martin was fired midway through the 1975 season, Lucchesi, then a coach for Texas, was selected to take his place.
After three years with Texas, Lucchesi returned to managing minor league teams. In 1987, he was chosen to manage the Chicago Cubs. During his 22 years as a minor league manager, Lucchesi won 7 pennants and was named Manager of the Year five times.