Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Countdown to Christmas: #37 Casey Stengel

As Christmas grows near I decided to do a countdown to Christmas with great baseball players of present and past coinciding with the days left til Christmas.

He led the New York Yankees to ten American League pennants and seven World Series championships between 1949 and 1960, working with such superstars as Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, and Roger Maris. Stengel started the Yankees' "instructional school," a training camp that soon came to be emulated by other major league teams. At age 72, two years after the Yankees let him go, he took on the management of the newly created New York Mets. Although the team won only 194 games and lost 452 during Stengel's four years as manager. He retired at age 75 after he suffered a broken hip. The Baseball Writers Association of America voted to waive the five-year waiting period and named Stengel to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966.

Some famous quotes from Stengel include:
"Most games are lost, not won."
"It's wonderful to meet so many friends that I didn't used to like."
"Without losers, where would the winners be?"
"Most ball games are lost, not won."
"Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story."
"There comes a time in every man's life, and I've had plenty of them."
"All right everyone, line up alphabetically according to your height."


GM-Carson said...

I knew he was successful as the Yanks manager, but I had no idea how bad the Mets were under him.

tamtam said...

Carson, the Mets are the black hole of the NL-nobody does well on that godforsaken team.

Even the stadium hates the team!!