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April 17, 2011

Jim Leyland Wins 1500th Game

Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland entered 2011 with 1493 victories and Friday night, he became the game’s 19th 1500 game winner.

Twenty five years and three days after his first victory and twelve years to the day after win number 1000.

“It was very nice,” Leyland told reporters following the game, “but it was more important to get a win for the team than me getting to 1500.”

With the win, the skipper now sits second among active managers…behind just St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa.

On the all-time list, 12 of the 18 managers ahead of Leyland are in the Hall of Fame.

The six that aren’t…LaRussa, Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, Gene Mauch, Lou Piniella and Ralph Houk. The first three are locks to get into Cooperstown and Leyland, well…you could do a lot worse.

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