In New York, Casey Stengel signed a new Yankee
contract. "I told them, they ought to fire me if I didn't win," Casey
said, "and I didn't and they shoulda but they didn't. Now I got to find a
way to catch the Indians."
In Washington, the Senators said Bucky Harris had
"resigned." Harris, bitter, said "It's cheaper to fire the manager
than to buy good players." Cheaper or no, the Senators looked to next year
with Charley Dressen, once Harris' assistant (see Red Smith, p. 64).
In St. Louis, Eddie Stanky was retained as manager of
the disappointing (sixth-place) Cardinals. Owner Gussie Busch explained, "I
believe in giving a man a hell of a chance."
In Pittsburgh, Branch Rickey looked past the Pirates'
last-place finish, predicted a pennant one of these years. Then he added,
sadly, "But I don't think I'll be alive to see it."
In Brooklyn, two days after the Giants crushed the
Dodgers to clinch the pennant, Rookie Karl Spooner brought life back to
moribund Brooklyn by stopping the Giants cold, 3-0, and striking out 15. Four
days later he fanned 12 Pirates, shut them out too. This gaudy debut roused the
Dodgers, revived the classic Flatbush watchword: "Wait till next