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OL' CASE, BASEBALL'S ONE-MAN WPA
October 06, 1958
In his 10 years as manager of the New York Yankees, Casey Stengel has wrought many strange and wonderful things, including the unparalleled feat of winning nine pennants in 10 years and capturing five world championships in a row. Not so widely heralded, however, has been his work in creating job opportunities. Casey has been so tellingly proficient that he has caused more changes in his job category than the collective bleacherites in the game's history. He has been a one-man WPA for men with managerial ambitions. No club in the American League, except, of course, the Yankees, has had less than four managers in Casey's 10 years, and five have had five. That's 33 jobs in all, and 26 men have taken turns filling them. Of these, only Al Lopez finished ahead of Casey, and it is not surprising, therefore, that 19 of the 26 no longer manage in the American League. For your own analysis, here is a chart of the 10 races of Casey.
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October 06, 1958

Ol' Case, Baseball's One-man Wpa

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8th

'49

STENGEL
NY, won 97 game
First pennant!

McCARTHY
Bos, 1 behind
One measly game.

BOUDREAU
Clev, 8 behind
Can't win 'em all.

ROLFE
Det, 10 behind
4th place hurts.

MACK
Phll, 16 behind
5th place is great!

ONSLOW
Chi, 34 behind
6th is awful.

TAYLOR
StL, 44 behind
We're used to it.

KUHEL
Wash, 47 behind
Just leave me alone.

'50

STENGEL
NY, won 98 games
Well, that's two.

ROLFE
Det, 3 behind
So near, so far.

McCARTHY, O'NEILL
Bos, 4 behind
You smile, Steve.

BOUDREAU
Clev, 6 behind
Fired? Me?

HARRIS
Wash, 31 behind
I won with the Yanks.

ONSLOW, CORRIDEN
Chi, 38 behind
It's still awful.

TAYLOR
StL, 40 behind
Boy! 7th again!

MACK
Phll, 46 behind
A pleasure to retire.

'51

STENGEL
NY, won 98 games
Just routine.

LOPEZ
Clev, 5 behind
Brand-new and eager.

O'NEILL
Bos, 11 behind
Smile, he said.

RICHARDS
Chi, 17 behind
Gee, the majors!

ROLFE
Det, 25 behind
Yeah, the majors.

DYKES
Phll, 28 behind
Ah, back in command.

HARRIS
Wash, 36 behind
You quitting, Zack?

TAYLOR
StL, 46 behind
Bye to all this.

'52

STENGEL
NY, won 95 games
Really, it's nothing.

LOPEZ
Clev, 2 behind
Nothing, huh?

RICHARDS
Chi, 14 behind
I'll figure it out.

DYKES
Phll, 16 behind
Intrepid Jim is 4th.

HARRIS
Wash, 17 behind
I won with the Yanks.

BOUDREAU
Bos, 19 behind
Well, a new team.

HORNSBY, MARION
StL, 31 behind
That's 8th, Marty.

ROLFE, HUTCHINSON
Det, 45 behind
And we're in it.

'53

STENGEL
NY, won 99 games
Poor Al.

LOPEZ
Clev, 8� behind
How do you beat him?

RICHARDS
Chi, 11� behind
Don't look at me.

BOUDREAU
Bos, 16 behind
And up to 4th!

HARRIS
Wash, 23� behind
Still 5th.

HUTCHINSON
Det, 40� behind We're coming up.

DYKES
Phil, 4� behind
Trepid Jim is 7th.

MARION
StL, 46� behind
What'd I do wrong?

'54

LOPEZ
Clev, won 111 games
That's how.

STENGEL
NY, 8 behind
Poor Case.

RICHARDS, MARION
Chi, 17 behind
Lopez beat him!

BOUDREAU
Bos, 42 behind
Who cares?

HUTCHINSON
Det, 43 behind
Do better, get fired.

HARRIS
Wash, 45 behind
Do worse, get hired.

DYKES
Balt, 57 behind
Ah, shut up.

JOOST
Phll, 60 behind
Where'd everybody go?

'55

STENGEL
NY, won 96 games
Beat me, will you?

LOPEZ
Clev, 3 behind
Well, it was fun.

MARION
Chi, 5 behind
Lots of fun.

HIGGINS
Bos, 12 behind
Yeah, fun.

HARRIS
Det, 17 behind
Back in 5th again.

BOUDREAU
KC, 33 behind
Got me a new team!

RICHARDS
Balt, 39 behind
So have I.

DRESSEN
Wash, 43 behind
And me.

'56

STENGEL
NY, won 97 games
This is a pleasure.

LOPEZ
Clev, 9 behind
Pleasure, hell.

MARION
Chi, 12 behind
Wasn't much fun.

HIGGINS
Bos, 13 behind
Fun? What's fun?

HARRIS
Det, 15 behind
I won with the Yanks.

RICHARDS
Bait, 28 behind
What a team this is.

DRESSEN
Wash, 38 behind
Well, we got to 7th.

BOUDREAU
KC, 45 behind
We got to 8th.

'57

STENGEL
NY, won 98 games
Dum-dee-dum-dee-dum.

LOPEZ
Chi, 8 behind
Sure.

HIGGINS
Bos, 16 behind
Keeps getting harder.

TIGHE
Det, 20 behind
We're going up!

RICHARDS
Balt, 21 behind
Don't be too sure.

FARRELL
Clev, 21� behind
I'm still numb.

BOUDREAU, CRAFT
KC, 38� behind
It hurts, Harry.

DRESSEN, LAVAGETTO
Wash, 43 behind
Smile now, Cookie.

'58

STENGEL
NY, won 92 games
Stop chasing me.

LOPEZ
Chi, 10 behind
I never quit, Case.

HIGGINS
Bos, 13 behind
I'm feeling low.

BRAGAN, GORDON
Clev, 14� behind
It's yours, Gordon.

TIGHE, NORMAN
Det, 15 behind
Don't look up, Bill.

RICHARDS
Balt, 17� behind
Back near the bottom.

CRAFT
KC, 19 behind
I see what Lou meant.

LAVAGETTO
Wash, 31 behind
Charlie warned me.

In his 10 years as manager of the New York Yankees, Casey Stengel has wrought many strange and wonderful things, including the unparalleled feat of winning nine pennants in 10 years and capturing five world championships in a row. Not so widely heralded, however, has been his work in creating job opportunities. Casey has been so tellingly proficient that he has caused more changes in his job category than the collective bleacherites in the game's history. He has been a one-man WPA for men with managerial ambitions. No club in the American League, except, of course, the Yankees, has had less than four managers in Casey's 10 years, and five have had five. That's 33 jobs in all, and 26 men have taken turns filling them. Of these, only Al Lopez finished ahead of Casey, and it is not surprising, therefore, that 19 of the 26 no longer manage in the American League. For your own analysis, here is a chart of the 10 races of Casey.

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