CASEY STENGEL: YOU COULD
LOOK HIM UP
By Harvey Frommer
have been many inside baseball with a gift for gab; however, in my book
ever beat Charles Dillon Stengel for his way with words. I was early on
in my writing
career going around interviewing for one of my baseball books with a
from a publisher asking that “all professional courtesies be extended
Luckily and unplanned, I came across
old Case sitting (or sleeping) in the dugout. I introduced myself. He
by the “Dr.” in the letter.
“I’ve got a pain in my ass, doc,” he
I am not that kind of doctor,” I
replied. “I am a professor.”
The “ol’ perfessor,” (he once
taught) and the new one hit it off. He gave me time and memories and
away his regulars press guys for a bit:
guys see, I am doing an interview with the Dr?
that long ago time, I have always had a
fascination with the man of many words. What fellows is just a brief
his bon mots and also what others said about him.
cut my throat, I may want to do that later myself."
comes looking for me, tell 'em I'm
pitching will always stop good hitting
came in here and a fella asked me to have a
drink. I said I don't drink. Then another fella said hear you and Joe
aren't speaking and I said I'll take that drink."
couldna done it without my players."
don't like them fellas who drive in two runs
and let in three."
got players with bad watches - they can't
tell midnight from noon."
(Phil Rizzuto) you're too small. You ought to go out and shine shoes."
at him (Bobby Richardson) - he doesn't
drink, he doesn't smoke, he doesn't chew, he doesn't stay out late, and
still can't hit .250."
comes a time in every man's life, and
I've had plenty of them."
secret of managing is to keep the guys who
hate you away from the guys who are undecided."
Yankees don't pay me to win every day,
just two out of three."
been a lot of fast men but none as big
and strong as (Mickey) Mantle. He's gonna be around a long time, if he
well, that fella of mine."
we'd like to keep you around this season,
but we're trying to win the pennant." -- to a Yankee rookie
of you fellers are getting 'Whiskey
old timer's games, they’re like airplane
landings, if you can walk away from them, they're successful."
the autograph business - once somebody
sent up a picture to me and I
write: 'Do good in school.' I look up to see who was gettin' the
guy is 78 years old."
I learned from McGraw, (whom he played
for in the 1920s) I used with all of them. They are still using a round
round bat and nine guys on a side."
best thing to do is to have players who
can hit right-handed and left-handed and hit farther one way and
sometimes the other way and run like the wind."
told me my services were no longer
desired because they wanted to put in a youth program as an advance way
keeping the club going. I'll never make the mistake of being seventy
ABOUT CASEY STENGEL
were things that would irritate Casey,
but trying too hard or getting mad at sitting on the bench weren't
them." - Mickey Mantle
the old man. Watch how the old man keeps
the guys who aren't playing happy." (Billy Martin to Mantle on Casey
a play in the field Casey would turn (to the
players on the bench) and say 'What did he do wrong?' or 'You're better
that guy.' Either way, he'd keep them from getting stale." – Billy
THE WORKS FOR FALL 2015:
by acclaimed sports author and oral historian Harvey Frommer, with an
intro by pro football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, When
It Was Just a Game tells the fascinating story of the
ground-breaking AFL–NFL World Championship Football game played on
January 15, 1967: Packers vs. Chiefs. Filled with new insights,
containing commentary from the unpublished memoir of Kansas City Chiefs
coach Hank Stram, featuring oral history from many who were at the
game—media, players, coaches, fans—the book is mainly in the words of
those who lived it and saw it go on to become the Super Bowl, the
greatest sports attraction the world has ever known. Archival
photographs and drawings help bring the event to life.
Frommer is in his 39th year of writing books. A noted oral historian
journalist, the author of 42 sports books including the classics:
“New York City Baseball, 1947-1957″ and best-selling “Shoeless Joe and
Baseball,” his acclaimed Remembering Yankee Stadium was published in
best-selling Remembering Fenway Park was published to acclaim in 2011.
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