“Managing is getting paid for home runs someone else hits.”
During his long career in baseball, which began as an outfielder for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1912, Charles Dillon “Casey” Stengel guided some of the best teams in major league history – as well as some of the worst. He became the only manager to lead the New York Yankees to five straight World Series championships between 1949 and 1953, and added two more titles in 1956 and 1958. In 1962 he took the reins of the brand new New York Mets, the lovable losers who finished last in the 10-team National League all four years Stengel was at the helm. Nicknamed Casey because he was from Kansas City, Mo., Stengel was born on July 30, 1890. He was noted for his garrulous nature and rambling, colorful remarks. Altogether, he played for five National League teams, batting .284, and managed the Dodgers and Braves as well as the Yankees and Mets.