Ralph Houk won World Series in his first two seasons at the Yankees helm in 1961 and 1962. He was fired after the 1963 season, which saw him lead the Yankees to the AL Pennant before losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He returned to manage the team from 1966-1973, one of the worst stretches in the history of the team. Red Schoendienst managed the Cardinals from 1965-1976, winning the World Series in 1967. He returned for brief cameos in 1980 and 1990.
Billy Martin managed the Yankees from 1975-1978, winning the World Series in 1977. He returned for separate stints in 1979, 1983, 1985 and 1988. In fact, before passing away on 12/25/1989, reports are he was planning to manage the Yankees once again in 1990.
Of course, Yankees manager comings and goings were something very common in the George Steinbrenner era. Dick Howser took over for Martin in 1978 and returned to the team in 1980. Bob Lemon replaced Howser in the same season, leading the Yankees to the World Series that season, only to be replaced by Martin during the 1979 season. Lemon would once again manage the team from 1981-1982. Yogi Berra led the Yankees to the AL Pennant in his only season in 1964, and returned to the team from 1984-1985. Gene Michael managed the team in 1981. After getting fired, he was named manager in the 1982 season.
Jack McKeon took over the Florida Marlins during the 2003 seasons, leading them to an unexpected World Series win. He stuck around through the 2005 season before returning in 2011. He also had two stints with the Oakland Athletics in 1977 and again in 1978. Dark's first tenure started with the Kansas City Athletics in 1966 and lasted through 1967 before having issues with owner Charley Finley. He returned after the A's won consecutive WS in 1972 and 1973 after Dick Williams had similar issues with Finley. After winning the 1974 Series, he managed the team for the 1975 season before leaving for good. Hank Bauer also managed in Kansas City/ Oakland from 1961-1962 and returned for the 1969 season in Oakland.
Others won pennants for their respective teams. Paul Owens managed the Phillies in 1972, but returned to lead them to a NL Pennant in 1983 and left after the 1984 season. Harvey Kuenn managed the Milwaukee Brewers in 1975, but returned for the 1982-1983 seasons, winning the AL Pennant in 1982. Al Lopez, who had won a Pennant with the Cleveland Indians in 1954, managed the Chicago White Sox from 1957-1965, winning the AL Pennant in 1959. He returned to Chicago for the 1968-1969 seasons.
Others who had two stints with the same team include Gene Mauch (1981-1982, 1985-1988) and John Mc Namara (1983-1984, 1996), both with the California Angels. Joey Amalfitano (1979, 1980-1981) and Lou Klein (1961-1962, 1965) both managed to have two stints with the Chicago Cubs. John Boles (1996, 1999-2001) did so for Florida and Jim Fanning (1981-1982, 1984) for Montreal. George Bamberger managed the Brewers from 1978-1979 and again in 1985-1986. Ray Knight had two runs in Cincinnati (1996-1997, 2003) while Birdie Tebbetts did the same for Cleveland in 1963 and 1966-1967.
Simliar to Schoendienst returning briefly in 1980 and 1990 with St Louis, Johnny Pesky did the same with the Boston Red Sox in 1980, after managing the team from 1963-1964. Cal Ripken, Sr got the job from 1987 to beginning of the 1988 season after serving a brief stint in 1985.