From the New York Times best-selling author of Munson and Pinstripe Empire, Casey Stengel is the definitive biography of baseball's greatest character.
There was nobody like Casey before him and no one like him since. For more than 50 years, Casey Stengel lived baseball, first as a player (he was the only person in history to play for all the New York teams - the Dodgers, Giants, Yankees, and Mets) 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 10 pennants and seven World Series championships (including five straight!) 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.
For a man who spent so much of his life in the limelight, he still remains an enigma. New York Times best-selling author Marty Appel paints an intimate portrait of a private man who was larger than life and remains the embodiment of the national pastime.
"What a classic double play combination - the reporting brilliance of Marty Appel, and baseball's greatest character, Casey Stengel. There are too many terrific stories about Casey to keep count, but Marty manages to unearth them with great flare and humor. Casey Stengel is a treat for any true fan of the game. I loved every page." (John Sterling, voice of the New York Yankees)
"Sports journalist Appel delves deeply into the baseball career and personal life of Casey Stengel (1890-1975), a solid player and legendary manager. Citing new material unavailable to previous Stengel biographers and chroniclers of the New York Yankees, the author offers an informative, smoothly written account of a complex and relentlessly interesting subject...Stengel is unquestionably one of baseball's most significant characters, and Appel is the perfect fit to chronicle his life. One of the more skilled biographies baseball fans could hope to find." (Kirkus)
"An excellent look at Stengel's life through more than 50 years of baseball. Appel's narrative and easy writing style pairs well with Stengel's lighthearted antics, and the intertwined excerpts from the unpublished memoir of Stengel's wife, Edna, is a welcoming parallel story of lifelong love and partnership. The author has done his homework, and this book benefits from firsthand accounts and historical perspectives that create an engaging story from beginning to end. VERDICT: Baseball history buffs will definitely want to add this biography to their shelves." (Library Journal)
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The information presented about Casey, Edna and others.
Casey standing for the National Anthem in the hospital.
I laughed out loud a few times.
I found Appel’s voice to be friendly, authentic, natural and entertaining. The inflections were subtle and indicated where moods and situations changed. I heard in his voice many different personalities of the people he wrote about and quoted. He made it easy to listen to questions asked and answered.
Juliet Papa did a magnificent job narrating Edna’s writing. She complimented the entire presentation. It was a perfect marriage of narrations sorta speak.