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Charles Dillon Stengel: "The Old Perfessor"

Casey Stengel

     Stengel's career in the bogs stretched from Christy Mathewson to Tom Seaver.  He played 14 seasons in the majors, mostly for the Brooklyn Dodgers, and he hit .284 during his tenure.  In the 1923 World Series, he accounted for both Giant victories against the mighty Yankees with home runs.


     But it was as a manager that he earned Hall of Fame recognition.  His feat of guiding the Yankees to 10 pennants and 7 world titles in a 12-year span ranks as the top managerial accomplishment of all time; he and Joe McCarthy each top the all-time list for World Series titles.  He and John McGraw sit atop the all-time list for league titles with 10 each.  His five straight pennants from 1949 to 1953 broke McGraw's record, and his Yankees (after finishing second to the Indians in 1954) won four more 1955 to 1958.  He took over the expansion New York Mets in 1962, where he skippered perhaps the worst franchise in big-league history from 1962 to 1965.


     Like McGraw, Stengel was a straight shooter.  In 1955, when the New York Yankees finally integrated by adding Elston Howard to their roster, Stengel commented: "Well, when they finally get me a nigger, I get the only one who can't run."  (No, Howard couldn't run, but the musclebound catcher could hit - he hit .348, with 21 HR and 77 RBI in 1961, and won the AL MVP award with a .287 average, 28 HR and 85 RBI).





"Being with a woman all night never hurt no professional baseball player. 

It's staying up all night looking for a woman that does him in."

 - Casey Stengel


"Why shouldn't he break Ruth's record?  He's got more power than Stalin."

 - Casey Stengel, on Roger Maris


"Can't anybody here play this game?"

 - Casey Stengel


"The only thing worse than a Mets game is a Mets double-header."

 - Casey Stengel, in the early 1960s


"Good pitching will always stop good hitting, and vice versa."

 - Casey Stengel


"If we're going to win the pennant, we've got to start thinking we're not as good as we think we are."

- Casey Stengel


Look at him (Bobby Richardson) - he doesn't drink, he doesn't smoke, he doesn't chew,

he doesn't stay out late, and he still can't hit .250."

- Casey Stengel


"Casey knew his baseball. He only made it look like he was fooling around.

He knew every move that was ever invented and some that we haven't even caught on to yet."

- Sparky Anderson


"I don't believe a manager ever won a pennant.  Casey Stengel won all those pennants with the Yankees.

How many did he win with the Boston Braves and Mets?"

- Sparky Anderson


"I'm probably the only guy who worked for Stengel before and after he was a genius."

- Warren Spahn




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