The Best Managers You Never Heard Of

America loves the chance to root for the underdog, the scrappy new arrival with humble roots and only a slim chance of beating the forces of evil, or breaking into the championship ranks: Think of the thoroughbreds Smarty Jones and Sea Biscuit; the 1986 New York Mets, the 2006 Miami Heat, and the perennial Chicago Cubs; or the original underdog, David against Goliath. We want them to win because they try hard, overcome the odds, and stand for the right ideas.

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