Casey Stengel announces his retirement
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“Wes Westrum is running the club good and the coaches are assisting him good,” he continued. “You got one more month to go and if you play good, you fellas might make a great finish.”
Baseball without Stengel was almost unfathomable. His illustrious career spanned from the Dead Ball Era to the Expansion Era – a whopping 54 years of quotable remarks and colorful quirks. But all joking aside, by the time he’d decided to retire, Stengel had widely earned a reputation as an astute – albeit, zany – baseball mind. After starting his managerial career with the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Bees/Braves, he led the New York Yankees to 10 pennants and seven World Series titles – five of them, consecutive (1949-53). His biggest challenge was saved for last, as the manager tasked with breaking in the New York Mets in 1962. But earned the respect of his fresh-faced club, nonetheless.