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July 30 – Happy Birthday Casey Stengel

caseySince Stengel managed the Yankees over a half century ago, it would be helpful to younger fans to compare his achievements as New York’s skipper to the much more recent tenure of Joe Torre. Casey and Torre each managed the Yankees for a dozen seasons. Both men had losing records managing other teams. Stengel’s Yankee teams won 1,149 ball games and Torre’s squads won 1,173. Stengel, managing during the era of 154-game seasons, achieved a winning percentage with New York of .623 compared to Torre’s .605. Stengel’s teams won 10 AL Pennants and 7 World Series titles while Torre’s Yankees won 6 and 4 respectively. Torre’s teams made the postseason in each of his dozen seasons as skipper under baseball’s current divisional structure that didn’t exist in Stengel’s era.

Both Managers left the Yankees reluctantly, with bitter tastes in their mouths. Stengel was let go after the Yankees lost the 1960 World Series to the Pirates during which some of his managerial decisions were questioned. Stengel insisted he was fired for “being too old.” Torre, on the other hand, turned down a one-year incentive laden contract to continue managing New York, after the team again failed to make it to the World Series in 2007. I don’t think Stengel, who was definitely the highest paid manager in the game in his day, probably averaging $75 to $100 thousand in salary per season, would have turned down the $5 million offer Torre refused.

Charles Dillon Stengel  was born in Kansas City, MO on this date in 1890. His nickname is derived from the name of his hometown.

Casey shares his July 30th birthday with this one-time Yankee DH and first baseman, this catcher who briefly played for him and this former Yankee pitcher.

Rk Year Age Tm Lg G W L W-L% Finish
10 1949 58 New York Yankees AL 155 97 57 .630 1 WS Champs
11 1950 59 New York Yankees AL 155 98 56 .636 1 WS Champs
12 1951 60 New York Yankees AL 154 98 56 .636 1 WS Champs
13 1952 61 New York Yankees AL 154 95 59 .617 1 WS Champs
14 1953 62 New York Yankees AL 151 99 52 .656 1 WS Champs
15 1954 63 New York Yankees AL 155 103 51 .669 2
16 1955 64 New York Yankees AL 154 96 58 .623 1 AL Pennant
17 1956 65 New York Yankees AL 154 97 57 .630 1 WS Champs
18 1957 66 New York Yankees AL 154 98 56 .636 1 AL Pennant
19 1958 67 New York Yankees AL 155 92 62 .597 1 WS Champs
20 1959 68 New York Yankees AL 155 79 75 .513 3
21 1960 69 New York Yankees AL 155 97 57 .630 1 AL Pennant
Brooklyn Dodgers 3 years 463 208 251 .453 6.0
Boston Braves 6 years 870 373 491 .432 6.5
New York Yankees 12 years 1851 1149 696 .623 1.3 10 Pennants and 7 World Series Titles
New York Mets 4 years 582 175 404 .302 10.0
25 years 3766 1905 1842 .508 4.5 10 Pennants and 7 World Series Titles
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/30/2013.