As part of the 1916 syndicated series “One Minute Talks with Ballplayers, ” Nixey Callahan, manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, lamented his position:
“It’s the hardest job in the world to manage a big league ball club. If you win the players discount the manager. ‘We made him’ they say. If the club loses the cry is, ‘How could we win with such club management.’ Between owner and the public and internal troubles on a club the manager’s lot is no bed of roses, believe me.
“But it is a stirring life and there’s never any lack of interest if you look at things that way. The most a manager can do is to teach and direct the players and endeavor to secure their best work. Beyond that none can go.”
Callahan was not able to “secure” the Pirates “best work,” he was 85-129 with Pittsburgh in 1916 and part of 1917. The team was 20-40 when he was let go in 1917