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July 24, 1965: Casey Stengel Retires

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    July 24, 1965: Casey Stengel Retires

    July 24, 1965: Casey Stengel’s Unexpected Goodbye:

    Excerpts from the article:
    "The debates over Stengel continued into 1965. A piece in the July 25 New York Times asked the question, “Casey Stengel Near 75: Old Pro or Con Man?” while the July 31 issue of the Saturday Evening Post carried a critical piece called “The Last Angry Old Man.” (Both were filed before Casey’s injury, but ran after it.)"
    [NOTE: After leaving a party after midnight at Toots Shor's at 51 West 51st Street in Manhattan, Casey lost his balance and fractured his left hip.]
    "Either way, the result was the same. Stengel awoke the morning of July 25 in intense pain and was taken to Roosevelt Hospital, where doctors diagnosed a broken hip. Following hip-replacement surgery, he remained in the hospital until mid-August. News stories said Stengel’s injury “raised ever more questions about his future..."
    "On August 25, after talks with his wife and his doctor, Stengel...confirmed his retirement. The long and colorful on-field career of Casey Stengel had come to an end."

    Casey Stengel Announces His Retirement:
    Excerpt from the article:

    "Baseball without Stengel was almost unfathomable. His illustrious career spanned from the Dead Ball Era to the Expansion Era – a whopping 54 years of quotable remarks and colorful quirks. But all joking aside, by the time he’d decided to retire, Stengel had widely earned a reputation as an astute – albeit, zany – baseball mind. After starting his managerial career with the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Bees/Braves, he led the New York Yankees to 10 pennants and seven World Series titles – five of them, consecutive (1949-53)."

    Casey Stengel Is Elected To The Hall Of Fame:
    Excerpts from the article:

    "An unlikely choice to manage the Yankees in 1949, he led the Bronx Bombers for 12 seasons, winning 10 pennants and 7 World Series titles."
    "Under his leadership, the Yankees became the first – and still the only – team to win five consecutive World Series championships (1949-1953)."

    Wisecracking Stengel Made Baseball Fun:
    Excerpts from article:

    "Casey Stengel went from being perceived as a clown to a gifted raconteur who made more sense than was immediately apparent to a venerable old man wisecracking his way through his twilight seasons with an expansion club. What was often lost in all three views was a shrewdness that made Stengel a millionaire from oil and banking interests..."
    "As a player, Stengel was a 5-foot-11, 175-pound lefthanded-hitting outfielder who batted .284 with 60 homers from 1912-25 with the Dodgers, Pirates, Phillies, Giants and Braves. During this time, he developed a reputation as a zany. Once, he carried a flashlight onto the field to convince an umpire it was too dark to continue a game. Another time, he doffed his cap to release a bird to the delight of the crowd."

    Casey Stengel:
    Excerpt from the biography:

    "By 1975...Stengel...had slowed considerably and was diagnosed with a form of lymphatic cancer... Casey Stengel died on September 29, 1975, in a hospital in Glendale (CA). Casey Stengel had a long and storied career in baseball, first as a player, then as a manager. He was a solid right fielder for the Brooklyn team and excelled as a platoon player under John McGraw. He accumulated a respectable 159 Win Shares in his career. Bill James ranked him as number 115 among all-time major league right fielders. He became a keen student of baseball under McGraw’s tutelage. He was considered an average manager at best until his tenure as the skipper of the New York Yankees. His record of ten pennants and seven world championships in a twelve year span is unparalleled. Critics will point to the talent of the players he managed and say anyone could have won with the Yankees. Total Baseball only credits Casey with six more wins than expected as Yankee manager, based on the runs scored and allowed by the teams. Even his Yankee players were divided on whether they won because of Stengel’s maneuvers or despite them. In the end, though, Casey will be remembered as a colorful and charismatic character."

    Quotes from the article:

    "The trouble is not that players have sex the night before a game. It's that they stay out all night looking for it."
    "I broke in with four hits and the writers promptly declared they had seen the new Ty Cobb. It took me only a few days to correct that impression."
    "Jerry Lumpe looks like the best hitter in the world until you put him in the lineup."
    "I don't like them fellas who drive in two runs and let in three."
    "They have shown me ways to lose I never knew existed."

    Casey Stengel takes "Stengelese" to a new level. Say What?:

    Yankeeography: Casey Stengel:
    "The Yankee is one who, if he once gets his teeth set on a thing, all creation can't make him let go." Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Love the Casey stuff!
    "Jerry, It's Frank Costanza. Mr. Steinbrenner is here. George is dead. Call me back."


      Originally posted by hardrain View Post
      Thank you. Not to age myself, but I actually remember him managing the Yankees. They were great times for sure...Thanks again...
      "The Yankee is one who, if he once gets his teeth set on a thing, all creation can't make him let go." Ralph Waldo Emerson