After 12 seasons as coach of the Boston Beaneaters, Frank Selee was out. Al Buckenberger was the new man. In his first year, 1902, he had a 73-64 record finishing third. Only 29 games behind the leader. It was an improvement however.
Frank’s departure was not popular at all. Many felt he was the scapegoat for the team’s owners. Sound familiar?
Al had managed both in Pittsburgh and St. Louis but had been in the minors before getting the call. He was 41 but had been managing since he was 23. A new era began.