Renowned for his unique misuse of the English language, Casey Stengel was as smart a field general and judge of talent as baseball ever produced.
Casey Stengel led the New York
Yankees to five straight World
In 1925, Stengel was hired as president, manager, and outfielder for
He moved to
In 1949, Yankees GM George Weiss surprisingly hired Casey to run a Yankees team with Yogi Berra and Joe DiMaggio, and with Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford waiting in the wings. Even that awesome collection of talent couldn’t account for the Yankees stretch of five straight World Series wins.
Stengel was largely responsible for the revival of platooning. He always wanted to get big years out of as many players as possible. In his 12 years with the Bombers, they won 10 American League pennants and seven World Series, success unmatched in professional ball. His Yankees job came to an end when they lost the World Series in 1960. “I commenced winning pennants when I came here but I didn’t commence getting any younger,” said “The Old Perfesser,” age 70.
George Weiss hired Casey to run the Mets in 1962. That year the Mets lost 120 games, but Stengel took it with a smile. Stengel had a way with words that can’t be imitated, dubbed “Stengelese” by the press. He saw the bottom and the top, and as he said himself, “There comes a time in every man’s life and I’ve had plenty of them.” He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1966.
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