Went downtown today. I got a new hat and scarf set and a permanent. Got Christmas cards. Stayed the night with Mrs. Raifert.
|Charles Dillon "Casey" Stengel|
July 30, 1890 – September 29, 1975)
Nicknamed "The Old Perfessor" by sports writers for his sharp
wit and his ability to talk at length on anything baseball-related.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Stengel was originally nicknamed "Dutch",
a common nickname at that time for Americans of German ancestry. When
he began playing professional baseball, his nickname changed to "Casey,"
which originally came from the initials of his hometown ("K. C."), which evolved
into "Casey", influenced by the wide popularity of the poem "Casey at the Bat."
Although his baseball career spanned a number of teams and cities, he is
primarily associated with clubs in New York City. Between playing and managing,
he is the only man to have worn four of New York's major league clubs' uniforms.
He was the first of four men (through the 2010 season) to manage both the
New York Yankees and New York Mets; Yogi Berra, Dallas Green, and Joe Torre
are the others. Like Torre, he also managed the Braves and the Dodgers. He ended his
baseball career as the beloved manager for the then expansion New York Mets, which
won over the hearts of New York partly due to the unique character of their veteran leader.
His uniform number, 37, was retired by both the Yankees and the Mets, and in 1966
Casey Stengel was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.