Stengel: His Life and Times

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Thorndike Press, 1984 - Sports & Recreation - 638 pages
"A superb book. . . . Creamer has set a standard of excellence for sports biographies."-Sports Illustrated. "Exemplary . . . by scaling down the legend of Stengel to human proportions, Mr. Creamer has made it seem all the more vital."-New York Times Book Review. "Full of energy and surprises and laughter. . . . In Creamer's wonderful portrait, the real man is even more likable than the legend."-Washington Post Book World. One of the most endearing of American heroes, Casey Stengel guided the New York Yankees to ten pennants in twelve seasons. Here is the brilliant manager stripped naked-the person underneath all the clowning, mugging, and double-talking. Robert Creamer shows us Casey at twenty-two, famous from his very first day in the big leagues. We see Casey's playing career fall apart as he is traded, shunted to last-place teams, hampered by injuries, considered finished-until he bats a glorious home run in the 1923 World Series. Here are Casey's managing successes and failures-dismissed by the Yankees, he returns to the limelight with his new and inept New York Mets, the team he single-handedly lifts into the nation's consciousness. "I'm a man that's been up and down, " Casey said in a serious moment. Certainly his knack for bouncing back made him a legend in our national pastime. Here are the stories and gags, the Stengelian style, the full dimensions of the man. Robert W. Creamer, formerly a writer and editor for Sports Illustrated, is the author of Babe: The Legend Comes to Life. He lives in Tuckahoe, New York.

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Contents

Who Was Casey? What Was He?
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MOVING ON
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SETTLING
123
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Robert W. Creamer was born in Bronxville, New York on July 14, 1922. He attended Fordham University and Syracuse University, but never graduated. During World War II, he fought in combat for 30 days in Germany and was wounded. After his discharge, he worked as an advertising copywriter and as an assistant editor at Collier's Encyclopedia. He became one of the first writers for Sports Illustrated, where he worked until 1985. His first book, Babe: The Legend Comes to Life, was published in 1974. His other works include Stengel: His Life and Times, Baseball in '41: A Celebration of the Best Baseball Season Ever - in the Year America Went to War, and Season of Glory: The Amazing Saga of the 1961 New York Yankees written with Ralph Houk. He also contributed to films and television shows about baseball He died of prostate cancer on July 18, 2012 at the age of 90.

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