Stengel His Life & Times by: Robert W. Creamer
In Creamer's wonderful portrait, the real man is even more likable than the legend."-Washington Post Book World. One of the most endearing of American heroes, Casey Stengel guided the New York Yankees to ten pennants in twelve seasons. Here is the brilliant manager stripped naked-the person underneath all the clowning, mugging, and double-talking. Robert Creamer shows us Casey at twenty-two, famous from his very first day in the big leagues. We see Casey's playing career fall apart as he is traded, shunted to last-place teams, hampered by injuries, considered finished-until he bats a glorious home run in the 1923 World Series. Here are Casey's managing successes and failures-dismissed by the Yankees, he returns to the limelight with his new and inept New York Mets, the team he single-handedly lifts into the nation's consciousness. "I'm a man that's been up and down, " Casey said in a serious moment. Certainly his knack for bouncing back made him a legend in our national pastime. Here are the stories and gags, the Stengelian style, the full dimensions of the man. Robert W. Creamer, formerly a writer and editor for Sports Illustrated, is the author of Babe: The Legend Comes to Life. He lives in Tuckahoe, New York.