Charles Dillon "Casey" Stengel was one of baseball's true characters. Memorable Casey Stengel quotes include ones on the hapless New York Mets, Sandy Koufax, Joe DiMaggio, drinking, Phil Rizzuto, the Toledo Mud Hens and women.
Kansas City, Missouri-born Charles Dillon "Casey" Stengel (1890-1975) was not only one of major league baseball's greatest managers but also one of its true "characters." Stengel – a.k.a. "The Old Perfessor" – came up with some of the best lines this side of Hollywood during his illustrious Hall of Fame baseball career, which included 1,905 wins as the manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Bees/Braves, New York Yankees and New York Mets from 1934-1965. Here are the 15 best Casey Stengel quotes that are sure to still entertain sports fans today.
Casey Stengel on Sandy Koufax
"You put the whammy on him, but when he's (Sandy Koufax) pitching, the whammy tends to go on vacation." Hall of Famer Koufax was the dominant pitcher of his era during the early to mid-1960s, leading the National League in wins in 1963 (25), 1965 (26) and 1966 (27).
Casey Stengel on Aging
"They told me my services were no longer desired because they wanted to put in a youth program as an advance way of keeping the club going. I'll never make the mistake of being seventy again."
Casey Stengel on Managing
"The secret of managing is to keep the guys who hate you away from the guys who are undecided."
Casey Stengel on Women and Ballplayers
"Being with a woman all night never hurt no professional baseball player. It's staying up all night looking for a woman that does him in."
Casey Stengel on Drinking and His Players
"Don't drink in the hotel bar, that's where I do my drinking."
Casey Stengel on Poverty
He (President Lyndon B. Johnson) wanted to see poverty, so he came to see my team." The reference is to LBJ's vaunted War on Poverty and Casey's hapless 1964 New York Mets, who went 53-109 that year, finishing dead last in the National League.
Casey Stengel on Joe DiMaggio
"I came in here and a fella asked me to have a drink. I said I don't drink. Then another fella said hear you and Joe DiMaggio aren't speaking and I said I'll take that drink."
Casey Stengel on His Hitting Prowess
"I was such a dangerous hitter I even got intentional walks during batting practice." Stengel played in the majors from 1912-1925, where he collected 1,219 hits and batted .284. He was a much better hitter than his joking indicated.
Casey Stengel on Phil Rizzuto
"Kid (Phil Rizzuto) you're too small. You ought to go out and shine shoes." Phil "Scooter" Rizzuto, who stood 5'6" tall and weighed 150 pounds, played for Stengel's New York Yankees. Rizzuto was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994 – as a player and not as a shoeshine boy!
Casey Stengel on the 1929 Toledo Mud Hens
"Say, I've got a tip on the market for you fellows – buy Pennsylvania Railroad because by tomorrow night about a dozen of you bums will be riding on it..." Stengel played for the minor league Toledo Mud Hens of the American Association from 1926-29 and in 1931.
Casey Stengel on His Many Rhubarbs
"I feel greatly honored to have a ballpark named after me, especially since I've been thrown out of so many." Casey Stengel Plaza outside Shea Stadium's Gate E was named after him as was the New York City Transit's Casey Stengel Depot situated across the street from Citi Field.
Casey Stengel on the Expansion New York Mets
"Can't anybody here play this game?" This memorable line came in May of 1962 when the expansion New York Mets lost 17 games in a row. In their first year (1962) Stengel's "Amazin' Mets," as he called them, would lose 120 games and fittingly end the season by hitting into a triple play in their final game. Simply amazin'...
Casey Stengel as manager of the New York Mets in 1964 - New York Mets
Casey Stengel on Satchel Paige
"He (Satchel Paige) threw the ball as far from the bat and as close to the plate as possible." Hall of Famer Leroy "Satchel" Paige was a star pitcher in the old Negro Leagues before making his major league debut with the Cleveland Indians in 1948.
Casey Stengel on the Hapless New York Mets
"Been in this game one-hundred years, but I see new ways to lose 'em I never knew existed before." Casey Stengel managed the expansion New York Mets from 1962-1965, where he posted a 175-404 won-loss record.
Casey Stengel on Criticism
"Don't cut my throat, I may want to do that later myself."
Casey Stengel Top Image
- Casey Stengel, right, with Ted Williams at the July 12, 1966, All Star Game at St. Louis' Busch Stadium where the two served as honorary coaches. The temperature topped out at 105 degrees that day with the National League prevailing 2-1 - Major League Baseball
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