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Manny Ramirez and 10 Famous Player-Coaches

Manny Ramirez and 10 Famous Athletes Who Made the Transition To Player-Coach

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Manny Ramirez is a player-coach for the Iowa Cubs. Who would have have thunk it?

But if there's anything Manny knows, it's hitting. We'll have to see how coaching works out for the former slugger, and if his stint in AAA goes well, a big league hitting instructor job could be in his future. Who knows?

Here are 10 more athletes who have the unique distinction of 'player-coach':

1. Bill Russell

BOSTON - 1967:  Bill Russell #6 of the Boston Celtics rebounds against Walt Bellamy #8 of the New York Knicks during a game played in 1967 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1967 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
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1. Bill Russell

BOSTON - 1967:  Bill Russell #6 of the Boston Celtics rebounds against Walt Bellamy #8 of the New York Knicks during a game played in 1967 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1967 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Celtics great served as a player coach from 1966-1969, which made him the first African American coach in NBA history. For his pioneering efforts, Russell was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

2. Tom Landry

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2. Tom Landry

Tom Landry

The iconic Cowboys coach had a stint as a player-coach in the mid-1950s when he played DB and served as the New York Giants defensive coordinator.

3. Joe Torre

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3. Joe Torre

Joe Torre

Torre had brief stint as a player-manger in 1977 with the New York Mets. He would go on to manage the team until 1981.

5. George Halas

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5. George Halas

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In the 1920s George Halas was not only a player-coach for the Chicago Bears, he also handled ticket sales and many other business endeavors.

6. Bob Cousy

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6. Bob Cousy

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Just like his famous Celtics teammate, Cousy had a run as a player-coach. His came with the Cincinnati Royals in 1969-1970.

7. Pete Rose

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7. Pete Rose

Pete Rose watches

Rose is the most recent player-manager in MLB. He served as a backup infielder and manager for the Cincinnati Reds from 1984-1986.

8. Curly Lambeau

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8. Curly Lambeau

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The legendary Packers coach had his run from 1919-1929. He and George Halas are tied with a record six NFL Championships as a head coach.

9. Frank Robinson

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9. Frank Robinson

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Hall-of-Famer Frank Robinson made history when he became the first African American manager in MLB history in 1975 with the Cleveland Indians. He would continue as a player-manager through 1976.

10. Connie Mack

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10. Connie Mack

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Cornelius McGillicuddy Sr. aka Connie Mack is the longest serving manager in MLB history, coaching the A's from 1901-1950. Earlier in his career he acted as a player-manager for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1894-1896.