Charles Dillon Stengel was an American Major League Baseball right fielder and manager. He is best known as the manager of the championship New York Yankees of the 1950s and later, the expansion New York Mets. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966. His Yankees won the World Series five consecutive times, the only time that has been achieved.
About Casey Stengel in brief
Charles Dillon Stengel was an American Major League Baseball right fielder and manager. He is best known as the manager of the championship New York Yankees of the 1950s and later, the expansion New York Mets. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966. His Yankees won the World Series five consecutive times, the only time that has been achieved. He became famous for his humorous and sometimes disjointed way of speech while with the Yankees, and these skills of showmanship served the expansion Mets well when they hired him in late 1961. He retired in 1965, and became a fixture at baseball events for the rest of his life. He died at the age of 90 in Manhattan, New York City, on September 14, 2007. He had a son, Charles, who also played baseball and football in the Major Leagues. He also had a daughter, Laura, who played baseball in the minor leagues and is now a professional golfer. He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Braves and New York Giants in the major leagues. He won the National League Championship in 1916. He hit an inside-the-park home run in Game 1 of the 1923 World Series to defeat the Yankees. His career ended with the Boston Braves in 1925, but he then began a career as a manager. The first twenty years of his second career brought mostly poor finishes, especially during his MLB managerial stints with the Dodgers and Braves. He thereafter enjoyed some success on the minor league level, and Yankee general manager George Weiss hired him as manager in October 1948.
His last two years in charge of the Yankees brought less success, with a third-place finish in 1959, and a loss in the 1960 World Series. He has been described as one of the great managers in major league history, but others have contrasted his success during the Yankee years with his lack of success at other times, and concluded he was only a good manager when given good players. His son Charlie played sandlot baseball as a child, and also played basketball, football and basketball at Kansas City’s Central High School. As a teenager, he played on the traveling team called the Kansas City Red Sox during the summers of 1908 and 1909, going as far west as Wyoming and earning a dollar a day. His ancestry involves German and Irish; his parents moved to Kansas City soon after their 1886 wedding so Louis could take an insurance job. In 1910, he was offered a contract by theMinor league Kansas City Blues for USD 135 a month, more money than his father was making. He failed to make the ball club, which was part of the American Association, and went on to gain experience as a minor league outfielder. In early 1910, his neighbor Kid Nichols, a former star pitcher, advised him to listen to his manager and listen to the older players, and if he was to reject their advice, at least think it over for a month or so. You had to put down your mind that he had signed that boy’s mind, which he could never change anyway.