There was nobody like Casey before him, and no one like him since. For more than fifty years, Casey Stengel lived baseball, first as a player and then as a manager (for the Yankees and Mets, among others). He made his biggest mark on the game, revolutionizing the role of manager while winning an astounding ten pennants and seven World Series Championships with the Yankees. Playing with and against a Who's Who of Cooperstown --- Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson, Ty Cobb --- and forming indelible, and sometimes complicated, relationships with Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Billy Martin, Casey Stengel was, for an astonishing five decades, the undisputed, hilarious and beloved face of baseball.
Since their breakthrough championship season in 1923, the New York Yankees have been baseball’s most successful franchise. Marty Appel, the Yankees’ PR director during the 1970s, now illuminates the team in all its century-plus of glory: clever, maneuvering owners; rowdy, talented players; and, of course, 27 championships.