It's actually an extremely bad list. Among Yankee managers, to rank Casey Stengel above Joe McCarthy is moronic.
And maybe "Sporting News" didn't get the memo, but Walter Alston, who is on the list, is now generally considered to have been a dumb and bad manager who, among other things, mishandled Sandy Koufax for years.
The list just isn't very thoughtful. It honors longevity too much and particularly in basketball, it just honors guys who managed to not totally mess things up when they had enormously talented teams. I mean, does anyone REALLY think Pat Riley was one of the great coaches?