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News-Antique.com - Oct 22,2007 - Santa Fe, Oct. 22---If you believe Woody Allen the secret to life is showing up. That willingness to keep coming back again and again and giving your all is the same quality that makes for great athletes.
It’s Joe DiMaggio smacking a line drive into the chain link fence. It’s Roberto Clemente diving to steal third. It’s Babe Ruth rounding the bases for yet one more run. It’s being on the field night after night, win or lose.
Casey Stengel was a good example. For 60 years in America he had his hands on the levers and dials of major league baseball. First as an outfielder and then as a manager, Stengel defied the odds.
Nobody expected much when the Yankees picked the 59-year-old as manager in 1949. In nine years of managing the Boston Braves and Brooklyn Dodgers he never finished higher than fifth place.
Called a loser and clown, in Stengel’s first season managing the Yankees he won a world championship. He went on to capture 10 pennants and seven World Series.
Stengel spent his last four years coaching an expansion team, the New York Mets. He retired in 1965 at the age of 70. He was inducted into Hall of Fame a year later.
If you asked him he would say his managing philosophy was simple. He kept the players who hated him like Joe DiMaggio, away from the players who were undecided.
Stengel was a player-manager who rose up through the school of hard knocks to become one of the most influential figures in sports history.
On June 5, 2007, Sotheby’s and SCP Auctions teamed up in New York to present an Important Sports Memorabilia and Cards auction.
A Casey Stengel Hall of Fame Induction Plaque; including personal induction photo albums; a symbol of baseball’s highest honor; 1966; sold for $24,000.
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