Francona perfect at 9-0 in World Series
Terry Francona still has never lost as a World Series manager.
The Indians' 6-0 victory over the Cubs in Tuesday's Game 1 at Progressive Field continued Francona's unbeaten streak in each of his nine Fall Classic games as a manager. That is the longest streak of all time to begin a managerial career.
• Game 2: Tonight, 7 p.m. ET game time on FOX (6 p.m. ET pregame show on FS1)
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Only two skippers, both Hall of Famers, have put together a longer streak at any point. With a victory in Game 2 tonight, Francona could tie Joe McCarthy, who won 10 straight with the Yankees from 1937-41. That would leave him trailing only Joe Torre, who won 14 straight with the Yankees from 1996-2000.
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Francona never made it to the World Series in 10 seasons as a player or in his first managerial stint with the Phillies from 1997-2000. But he led the Red Sox to the Fall Classic twice, sweeping the Cardinals in 2004 and the Rockies in '07.
The 57-year-old, who took the helm in Cleveland in '13, also has enjoyed great success in the postseason overall. Francona's .655 winning percentage in the postseason ranks first for managers with at least 50 games, and his 36 wins are the seventh most in MLB history, trailing Torre (84-58, .592); Tony La Russa (70-58, .547); Bobby Cox (67-69, .493); Bruce Bochy (44-33, .571); Jim Leyland (44-40, .524); and Casey Stengel (37-26, .587).