Well, bless the Daily News for defending an enterprising reporter, but we feel one point should be made clear. Naturally, the owners would love a cageful of baseball writing parrots, and who can blame them? It seems to us that the responsibility lies with the reporter who holds still and eats the cracker of canned news that the owner (and the owner's publicity man) rations out. When sports-writers lash out at a brother for doing a unique job of reporting while they sat around in the press room drinking coffee and nibbling sandwiches, waiting for a publicity man to tell them what to print, they make themselves sound suspiciously like well-trained members of the genus Psittacus.
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The Coach took all the credit when
The term was doing fine,
But when there was some blame to place
He said it on the line.
CASE AGAINST DIGNITY: NINE IN 10 YEARS
In February 1949, not long after the New York Yankee management startled the baseball world by announcing that a shopworn clown named Casey Stengel had been hired to manage their dignity-conscious New Yorkers, press photographers wheedled the new manager into posing with a "crystal ball" made of a shiny new baseball and a small, bright, light bulb. Casey cooperated with the photographers, hammed it up pleasantly, struck a perfect pose and the resultant picture ran just about everywhere. And just about everywhere critics looked at the picture and snorted, "Isn't that a disgrace? The Yankees being managed by a character like that."
Last Sunday in Kansas City, Mr. Stengel, no longer considered a clown (he's on the board of directors of a bank out in California, isn't he?), said modestly, "I realize I couldn't have done it without the players."
Done what? Why, win his ninth American League pennant in 10 years, by far the best decade of managing in the long history of baseball. Now Mr. Charles Dillon Stengel has won just as many major league pennants as Connie Mack and Joe McCarthy ever did and has only one to go to tie the god of all oldtimers, John McGraw.
No one else saw all this in that crystal ball 10 years ago, but maybe old Casey did. He was pretty smart then, too.