Stengel, Casey

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Stengel, Casey

(Charles Dillon Stengel), 1891–1975, American baseball player and manager, b. Kansas City, Mo. Stengel began playing professional baseball in 1910. From 1912 to 1925 he played with the Brooklyn, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston clubs of the National League, compiling a lifetime major-league batting average of .284. After 1925 he managed baseball teams in the American Association and the Pacific Coast League. In 1949 he became manager of the New York Yankees of the American League, and under his astute leadership the Yankees won ten pennants (1949–53, 1955–58, and 1960) and seven world championships. The colorful "Perfesser" holds a major-league record for managing the team to five consecutive World Series championships (1949–53). An engaging figure, especially noted for his conversational ability, Stengel managed the New York Mets of the National League from 1962 through 1965. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966.


See his autobiography (1961); biographies by J. Durso (1967) and M. Appel (2017).

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Stengel, (Charles Dillon) Casey

(1891–1975) baseball player/manager; born in Kansas City, Mo. One of baseball's authentic "characters" and a manager of eccentric genius, Stengel abandoned dental school and began his distinguished six-decade career in Kankakee, Ill., in 1910. From 1912–25 he played outfield in the major leagues (1925–31 in the minors) compiling career averages of .964 for fielding and .284 for batting. Coaching and managing after 1932, as manager of the Yankees (1948–60) he won ten pennants and seven World Series championships; in the five seasons from 1949 to 1953, he won five consecutive pennants and Series. He managed the New York Mets from 1962–65 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966. Known for his encyclopedic knowledge of players and for making strategic choices "against" the averages, his famous quotable malapropisms and "Stengelese" attained legendary proportions in the 1958 Senate subcommittee hearings examining baseball's trust-exempt status.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.