Here is the final card for long-time New York manager Casey Stengel (#135).
Casey hailed from Kansas City (hence the nickname “Casey”) and later was known as “The Old Perfessor”.
Stengel was an outfielder for the Dodgers, Pirates, Phillies, Giants, and Braves from 1912-1925. He was a regular in 1913-17, 1920, and 1924. In 1914 he hit .316 and led the NL with a .404 on-base percentage.
After retiring as a player, Casey managed the Brooklyn Dodgers (1934-36) and Boston Braves (1938-43), before moving on to the scene of his greatest triumphs.
Stengel managed the Yankees from 1949 to 1960. In those 12 seasons, the Yankees won the AL pennant TEN times and were World Champs 7 times (including 5 straight from 1949-53).
The Yankees fired him after losing the 1960 World Series to the Pirates, and he hooked on with the expansion Mets 2 years later (probably more for name recognition and ticket sales than anything else. He was 71 years old when the Mets hired him.)
Stengel retired as Mets manager in August 1965, after breaking a hip.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame (as a manager) in 1966, and passed away in 1975 at age 85.
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