Stengel, Casey (Charles Dillon Stengel), 1891–1975, American baseball player and manager, b. Kansas City, Mo. Stengel began playing professional baseball in 1910, and from 1912 to 1925 he played with the Brooklyn, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston clubs of the National League. Here he compiled a lifetime major-league batting average of .284. After 1925 he managed baseball teams in the American Association and the Pacific Coast League. In 1949 he became manager of the New York Yankees of the American League, and under his astute leadership the Yankees won ten pennants (1949–53, 1955–58, and 1960) and seven world championships. The colorful "Perfesser" holds a spectacular major-league record for managing his team to five consecutive pennants and five consecutive world championships. A colorful figure, especially noted for his conversational ability, Stengel managed the New York Mets of the National League from 1962 through 1965. Stengel was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966.
See his autobiography (1961); biography by J. Durso (1967).
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