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August 30, 1965: The day that Casey Stengel retired

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Let’s remember Casey Stengel, who retired on this day in 1965:

“Stengel’s real fame came as a manager. Though he had only middling success with the Brooklyn Dodgers (1934-1936) and Boston Braves (1938-1943), he managed to score a job with the New York Yankees in 1949 to replace the retiring Joe McCarthy, the winningest manager in major league history. Where he had previously managed only struggling teams, Stengel now had a roster of great players at his disposal. He made great use of platooning players, sitting right-handed hitters against right-handed pitchers and vice versa. 
His record of 1149 wins versus 696 losses with the Yankees over the next 12 seasons was among the greatest in managerial history, and included 10 American League pennants and seven World Series victories. 
After a heartbreaking loss in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series to the Pittsburgh Pirates, however, the Yankees replaced the 70-year-old skipper with Ralph Houk, believing Stengel was simply too old to manage. 
Stengel responded: “I’ll never make the mistake of being 70 again.””

He was quite a character as well as an amazing manager.  

I think that people were quick to say that he had a great team.  However, he had a good sense for managing a pitching staff.  He almost invented the platoon system and pitching situations, i.e. lefty pitching to lefty.

Casey was great.  

Written by scantojr

August 30, 2016 at 10:00 pm

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