Top 50+Casey Stengel Quotes

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Who is Casey Stengel

Charles Dillon “Casey” Stengel was an American Major League Baseball right fielder and manager, best known as the manager of the championship New York Yankees of the 1950s and later, the expansion New York Mets. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966.

Stengel was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1890. In 1910, he began a professional baseball career that would span over half a century. After almost three seasons in the minor leagues, Stengel reached the major leagues late in 1912, as an outfielder, for the Brooklyn Dodgers. His six seasons there saw some success, among them playing for Brooklyn’s 1916 National League championship team; but he also developed a reputation as a clown. After repeated clashes over pay with the Dodgers owner, Charlie Ebbets, Stengel was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1918; however, he enlisted in the Navy that summer, for the remainder of World War I. After returning to baseball, he continued his pay disputes, resulting in trades to the Philadelphia Phillies (in 1919) and to the New York Giants (in 1921). There, he learned much about baseball from the manager, John McGraw, and had some of the glorious moments in his career, such as hitting an inside-the-park home run in Game 1 of the 1923 World Series to defeat the Yankees. His major league playing career ended with the Boston Braves in 1925, but he then began a career as a manager.

 

Casey Stengel Quotes

1. Sure I played, did you think I was born at the age of 70 sitting in a dugout trying to manage guys like you?

2. Don’t drink in the hotel bar, that’s where I do my drinking.

3. If we’re going to win the pennant, we’ve got to start thinking we’re not as good as we think we are.

4. It’s wonderful to meet so many friends that I didn’t used to like.

5. They say Yogi Berra is funny. Well, he has a lovely wife and family, a beautiful home, money in the bank, and he plays golf with millionaires. What’s funny about that?

6. The secret of successful managing is to keep the five guys who hate you away from the four guys who haven’t made up their minds.

7. I was such a dangerous hitter I even got intentional walks during batting practice.

8. If you’re so smart, let’s see you get out of the Army.

9. I don’t know if he throws a spitball but he sure spits on the ball.

10. Being with a woman all night never hurt no professional baseball player. It’s staying up all night looking for a woman that does him in.

11. Most ball games are lost, not won.

12. I was not successful as a ball player, as it was a game of skill.

13. Don’t cut my throat, I may want to do that later myself.

14. Good pitching will always stop good hitting and vice-versa.

15. I don’t like them fellas who drive in two runs and let in three.

16. Managing is getting paid for home runs that someone else hits.

17. The trouble with women umpires is that I couldn’t argue with one. I’d put my arms around her and give her a little kiss.

18. The Yankees don’t pay me to win every day, just two out of three.

19. There comes a time in every man’s life, and I’ve had plenty of them.

20. I got players with bad watches – they can’t tell midnight from noon.

21. I feel greatly honored to have a ballpark named after me, especially since I’ve been thrown out of so many.

22. I came in here and a fella asked me to have a drink. I said I don’t drink. Then another fella said hear you and Joe DiMaggio aren’t speaking and I said I’ll take that drink.

23. The trick is growing up without growing old.

24. The team has come along slow but fast.

25. They say some of my stars drink whiskey, but I have found that ones who drink milkshakes don’t win many ball games.

26. Two hundred million Americans, and there ain’t two good catchers among ’em.

27. Been in this game one-hundred years, but I see new ways to lose ’em I never knew existed before.

28. Oldtimers, weekends, and airplane landings are alike. If you can walk away from them, they’re successful.

29. I broke in with four hits, and the writers promptly declared they had seen the new Ty Cobb. It took me only a few days to correct that impression.

30. I’ve tried to give a dollar and 25 cents in work for every dollar paid me.

31. If I’ve got a good pinch-hitter, I hate to have him stay on the bench with men on the bases in an early inning. He may end the game right there.

32. You can’t go out to the mound hobbling and take a pitcher out with a cane.

33. You have to have a catcher because if you don’t you’re likely to have a lot of passed balls.

34. You gotta lose ’em some of the time. When you do, lose ’em right.

35. They told me my services were no longer desired because they wanted to put in a youth program as an advance way of keeping the club going. I’ll never make the mistake of being seventy again.

36. Ability is the art of getting credit for all the home runs somebody else hits.

37. You got to get twenty-seven outs to win.

38. When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed and when you’re older you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed. It evens itself out.

39. If you’re playing baseball and thinking about managing, you’re crazy. You’d be better off thinking about being an owner.

40. Without losers, where would the winners be?

41. The Mets have shown me more ways to lose than I even knew existed.

42. No baseball pitcher would be worth a darn without a catcher who could handle the hot fastball.

43. All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for… reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration.

44. You gotta learn that if you don’t get it by midnight, chances are you ain’t gonna get it, and if you do, it ain’t worth it.

45. Never make predictions, especially about the future.

46. Son, we’d like to keep you around this season but we’re going to try and win a pennant.

47. The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.

48. The trouble is not that players have sex the night before a game. It’s that they stay out all night looking for it.

49. You have to go broke three times to learn how to make a living.

50. They say some of my stars drink whiskey, but I have found that ones who drink milkshakes don’t win many ball games.

51. Two hundred million Americans, and there ain’t two good catchers among ’em.

52. Been in this game one-hundred years, but I see new ways to lose ’em I never knew existed before.

53. Oldtimers, weekends, and airplane landings are alike. If you can walk away from them, they’re successful.

54. I broke in with four hits, and the writers promptly declared they had seen the new Ty Cobb. It took me only a few days to correct that impression.

55. I’ve tried to give a dollar and 25 cents in work for every dollar paid me.

56. If I’ve got a good pinch-hitter, I hate to have him stay on the bench with men on the bases in an early inning. He may end the game right there.

57. You can’t go out to the mound hobbling and take a pitcher out with a cane.

58. You have to have a catcher because if you don’t you’re likely to have a lot of passed balls.

59. You gotta lose ’em some of the time. When you do, lose ’em right.

60. They told me my services were no longer desired because they wanted to put in a youth program as an advance way of keeping the club going. I’ll never make the mistake of being seventy again.

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