A calm look at that vehement character, the spectacular Stengel, divorces the legend, and in many cases the dislike-often...

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CASEY STENGEL

A calm look at that vehement character, the spectacular Stengel, divorces the legend, and in many cases the dislike-often attached both to Stengel and the Yankees, from his very real achievement--- the ""most durable reign"" of any man or club in baseball. As a boy, playing ball in a small town in Kentucky, Casey grew up to enter the big leagues in 1910, via the Dodgers and the Giants, read the handwriting on the wall, and went into managing in 1925. The years that followed- with farm clubs- with the Dodgers- in the doldrums- brought little success and even less recognition; only Weiss, of the Yankees, had faith in Stengel, sent him out to a farm club in Oakland, brought him back to take over the Yankees and go on to win five straight world championships.... The opportunism- and the master strategy, the smugness- and the frenzy, the clowning and the celebrated Stengelese- they're all here, for the market which turns out every spring.

Pub Date: May 1, 1958

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Publisher: John Day

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1958