Stengel: His Life and Times
"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.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Who Was Casey? What Was He?
1 other sections not shown
Other editions - View all
American League asked ball club ball park ballplayer baseball baseman batter began bench Berra big-league Boston Brooklyn Cadore called Casey Casey Stengel Casey's catcher center field Charley clubhouse coach crowd Cubs Daubert DiMaggio Dodgers doubleheader dugout Ebbets Field Edna fans fielder finished fly ball Giants gonna home run infield John McGraw Kansas City kees knew later left-handed lineup looked major-league manager Mantle McGraw Mets named National League never ning outfield pennant Phillies Phils pinch hitter Pirates pitch pitcher Pittsburgh plate players Polo Grounds Red Sox right field Rizzuto Robby Robins Robinson rookie runner runs batted Ruth scored season second base second baseman shortstop sportswriters spring training Sten Stengel straight talking things third base throw told took umpire Veeck wanted Weiss Wheat World Series Yankee Stadium Yankees York young