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Casey Stengel

NOTE: I have been posting these things long enough now that a few have commented that the introductory section isn’t necessary anymore. But I’m leaving it in because, to paraphrase Joe DiMaggio when asked why he played so hard all the time, there may be people who’ve never read the best-seller entries before. So on […]

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NOTE: I have been posting these things long enough now that a few have commented that the introductory section isn’t necessary anymore. But I’m leaving it in because, to paraphrase Joe DiMaggio when asked why he played so hard all the time, there may be people who’ve never read the best-seller entries before. So on […]

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It seems only fitting that I should follow up last week’s chat with Paul Dickson, author of Leo Durocher: Baseball’s Prodigal Son, with Marty Appel, author of Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character. Both books tell the stories of men who enjoyed a lifetime connection with the national pastime. Appel, a former PR director for the NY […]

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NOTE: I have been posting these things long enough now that a few have commented that the introductory section isn’t necessary anymore. But I’m leaving it in because, to paraphrase Joe DiMaggio when asked why he played so hard all the time, there may be people who’ve never read the best-seller entries before. So on […]

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It strikes me as a happy coincidence that this year offers biographies of two of the most iconic characters in baseball history: Casey Stengel and Leo Durocher. They were both baseball “lifers,” enjoying careers that spanned 50 years, starting as players and continuing as World Championship managers. And both books are brought to you by […]

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We’re getting to the point where a bunch of new titles are hitting the bookstores. Herewith a brief roundup. New York Sports Day posted this one on Marty Appel’s engaging new project, Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character. They also did this one on Shawn Krest’s Baseball Meat Market: The Stories Behind the Best and Worst […]

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Strangers in the Bronx: DiMaggio, Mantle, and the Changing of the Yankee Guard by Andrew O’Toole. Triumph 304 Pages, $25.95 There has been a lot written about the “changing of the guard” when it came to the Commerce Comet replacing the Yankee Clipper, but nothing that approaches the overall depth of this bittersweet tale by […]

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Veteran sports journalist Phil Pepe wants you to know his newest book is not a memoir. His philosophy is that most people don’t care about the writer, how he got his job, the day-to-day doings of the craft. I disagree, but that’s just me. Pepe, who recently turned 80, has been covering baseball since the […]

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The author of the classic Babe: The Legend Comes to Life, as well as other highly praised baseball titles (Baseball in ’41: A Celebration of the “Best Baseball Season Ever” and Stengel: His Life and Times) turned 90 on Saturday. Baseball: Past and Present posted this interview with Creamer earlier this year.

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Opened the sports section this morning to find this story, “A Summer with  Uncle Casey In the Town He Owned.” It was written by veteran columnist George Vecsey, but you wouldn’t know it from the print edition; the byline was omitted. This is the second time in a few weeks such a gaffe has been […]

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The Casey Stengel Chapter of SABR hosts a program in honor of the Ole Perfessor on Thursday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (212-534-1672 or www.mcny.org Among the writers participating in the event: Marty Appel, former public relations director and television producer for the New […]

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Sure, there have been plenty of biographies about the ol’ perfesser, but what about fictional accounts of the daffy Stengel? Try Troy Soos’ historical baseball fiction, Murder at Ebbets Field, one of several in a series of mysteries featuring utility journeyman player Mickey Rawlings. (My profile on Soos appeared in the Summer, 1998 issue of […]

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* On this day

March 26, 2008

in 1957, Yankee manager Casey Stengel is arrested and is released on $50 bail after he allegedly curses at and kicks a newspaper photographer during an exhibition game in St. Petersburg. (Thanks to NationalPastime.com.) So what did the stunned shutterbug say to Stengel? Now wait a minute, Casey!

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