The trio that propelled the 1950s
Yankees: (left to right) George
Weiss, manager Casey Stengel,
and outfielder Hank Bauer.
Not athletic as a child, George Martin Weiss (1894-1972) became manager of his
At age 24, Weiss bought a team in
Some of the players who came up through Weiss’s system included Joe Gordon, Charlie Keller, Phil Rizzuto, and Yogi Berra. In 1947, Weiss was named general manager, and he hired Casey Stengel in 1949. The duo led the Yanks to a record five straight world championships. Weiss’s ability to acquire such pennant insurance as Johnny Mize and Enos Slaughter was uncanny. Weiss stole Roger Maris from
The Yanks won 10 pennants and seven championships before Weiss was fired in 1960. He and Stengel were both cut loose after the Pirates shocked the Yankees and the world in the Series. Weiss and Stengel were told that they were “too old.” The Yankee juggernaut staggered on for two more years on stored talent before falling after 40 years of excellence.
Weiss was hired to build the expansion Mets -- with Stengel as manager. History has well recorded the futility of the early Mets, but Weiss knew his business, and he laid the groundwork for the first world championship ever won by an expansion team, the ’69 “Miracle” Mets. George was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971.
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