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Casey Stengel (Charles Dillon Stengel) was born on July 30, 1890 in Kansas City, Missouri. He made his Major League debut on September 17, 1912 for the Brooklyn Superbas. In 1913, his rookie year, he hit .272 with 7 home runs and 43 RBI. Stengel played for the Brooklyn Superbas, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants and Boston Braves over the course of his 14 year career.
Most people believe that Casey Stengel's best season was 1917, when he knocked in 73 runs.
He got the nickname "Casey" from Kansas City ("K. C."), Missouri, where he was born. In his early days, he was also known as "Dutch".
Stengel was a competent player, but by no means a superstar. On July 8, 1958, discussing his career before the Senate's Estes Kefauver Committee on baseball's antitrust status, he made this observation: "I had many years that I was not so successful as a ballplayer, as it is a game of skill." 
Nonetheless, he had a good World Series in a losing cause in 1923, hitting 2 home runs to win the two games the Giants won in that Series. He was traded to the Braves in the off-season, a fact which apparently stung him. Years later he made this pithy comment: "It's lucky I didn't hit 3 home runs in three games, or McGraw would have traded me to the 3-I League."
He is better known for managing than playing. His first managerships were on the Brooklyn Dodgers (from 1934 to 1936) and Boston Braves (1938-1943), where he was not very successful, never finishing better than fifth in an 8-team league. As he said in 1958, "I became a major league manager in several cities and was discharged. We call it discharged because there is no question I had to leave."
In 1949 he became manager of the New York Yankees, where he saw a chance for success. His astuteness and realistic viewpoint as a manager is revealed in this comment about the Yankees when he took their reins: "There is less wrong with this team than any team I have ever managed." That would happily prove to be an understatement.
He proceeded to set records for championships, becoming the only person to manage a team to five consecutive World Series championships as the late-40s, early-50s Yankees became a juggernaut. He won two additional world championships and three additional league pennants afterward. While managing the Yankees he gained a reputation as one of the game's sharpest tacticians: he platooned left and right handed hitters extensively (which had become a lost art by the late 1940s), and sometimes pinch hit for his starting pitcher in early innings if he felt a timely hit would break the game open. While praised for his platooning strategy, he downplayed it: "There's not much of a secret to it. You put a righthand hitter against a lefthand pitcher and a lefthand hitter against a righthand pitcher and on cloudy days you use a fastball pitcher".
He was also known as a wit and raconteur, whose stream-of-consciousness monologues on all facets of baseball history and tactics (and anything else that took his fancy) became known as "Stengelese" to sportswriters. They also earned him the nickname "The Old Professor".
In the spring of 1953, after the Yankees had won four straight World Series victories he made the following observation, which could just as easily have been made by The Professor's prize pupil, Yogi Berra: "If we're going to win the pennant, we've got to start thinking we're not as smart as we think we are."
Casey's Amazin' Mets
After being involuntarily retired from the Yankees in 1960 as too old ("I'll never make the mistake of being 70 again!"), he went on to manage the New York Mets, at the time an expansion team with no chance of winning many games, from 1962 to 1965. Mocking his well-publicized advanced age, when he was hired he said, "It's a great honor to be joining the Knickerbockers", a New York baseball team that had seen its last game around the time of the Civil War.
Though his "Amazin'" Mets finished last in a 10-team league all four years, Stengel was a popular figure nonetheless, not least due to his personal charisma. His retirement followed a fall at Shea Stadium, in which he broke his hip.
His uniform number 37 has been retired by both the Yankees and the Mets. The Yankees retired the number on August 8, 1970, and dedicated a plaque in Yankee Stadium's Monument Park in his memory on July 30, 1976. The plaque calls him "For over sixty years one of America's folk heroes who contributed immensely to the lore and language of the Yankees and our national pastime baseball." He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966 and inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame [[[Image:[[Image:File:in 1981]]]]].
Stengel is the only person to have worn the uniform (as player or manager) of all four Major League Baseball teams that played in New York City in the 20th Century (while each team was in New York City): The New York Giants (as a player), the Brooklyn Dodgers (as both a player and a manager), the New York Yankees (as a manager), and the New York Mets (also as a manager).
In 1975 he was asked if he would like to return to managing. He responded, "Well, to be perfectly truthful and honest and frank about it, I am 85 years old, which ain't bad, so to be truthful and honest and frank about it, the thing I'd like to be right now is...an astronaut."
- Selected by Brooklyn Superbas from Aurora (Wisconsin-Illinois) in the Rule 5 major league draft (September 1, 1911).
- Traded by Brooklyn Robins with George Cutshaw to Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Chuck Ward, Burleigh Grimes and Al Mamaux (January 9, 1918).
- Traded by Pittsburgh Pirates to Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Possum Whitted (August 9, 1919).
- Traded by Philadelphia Phillies with Johnny Rawlings and Red Causey to New York Giants in exchange for Goldie Rapp, Lee King and Lance Richbourg (July 1, 1921).
- Traded by New York Giants with Dave Bancroft and Bill Cunningham to Boston Braves in exchange for Billy Southworth and Joe Oeschger (November 12, 1923).