The Gospel According to Casey

The Gospel According to Casey

by Ira Berkow, Jim Kaplan


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Casey Stengel is unquestionably one of the great characters and showmen in the history of baseball. What is less well known about him is he was also one of the greatest strategists and managers the game has ever known.

No book demonstrates both sides of The Ol' Perfesser's genius better than The Gospel According to Casey. Chapters cover Stengel's philosophies on batting, pitching, fielding, base running, and managing. "A Discourse on Stengelese" collects dozens of hilarious and sometime profound quotes. Also included are Casey's views on ballplayer attitude and ego, his all-time favorite players, and the transcript of Stengel's surrealistic testimony before congress.

Based on scores of interviews and dozens of sources, The Gospel is the most complete and accessible work on Casey Stengel ever written, not to mention the most fun.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938545177
Publisher: Summer Game Books
Publication date: 03/30/2015
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Ira Berkow was a sports columnist and feature writer for The New York Times for 26 years. He shared the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2001 and was a finalist in 1988. He is the author of 24 books and seven collections of his newspaper and magazine columns, most of which are about sports and baseball, several of which were best sellers.

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MinTwinsNY More than 1 year ago
Stars:   4 of 5 stars (very good) Review:  Casey Stengel is one of those men who was successful in every job he had in baseball, whether playing, coaching or managing. He became legendary with his success as the manager of the New York Yankees and just as legendary for some memorable and funny quotes while managing the New York Mets in their early years.  This book captures not only those quotes, but also tells of his vast knowledge of the game and some of his strategies. Some of these ideas born from Stengel’s sharp mind are common in the game now.  One of these is platooning players depending on the opposing pitcher.  If the opposing team started a left-handed pitcher, Stengel may change one or more of the players in the starting line-up.  The change would be putting a right-handed batter in a position where normally a left-handed batter would play. This is not uncommon in today’s game for a manager to do this, but it wasn’t back when Stengel was managing the Yankees.  He took this strategy and made it into part of his regular work. He also was one of the early pioneers of selecting certain relief pitchers to finish games. This eventually led to the role of closers in the modern game. The chapters of the book are broken up into specific topics – one just for memorable quotes and stories, one on pitching, one on hitting and so forth. These come from other sources such as former players who played under Stengel, other coaches and managers or sports writers.  I felt this format was very good as it was easy to read and hearing all of these stories from so many sources illustrated just how revered and respected the man by all involved in the game.  This is a solid book that anyone who enjoys baseball will enjoy reading. I wish to thank Summer Game Books for providing a review copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.  Pace of the book: Because the book is a series of short stories or quotes from Stengel or his players, teammates or colleagues, this book is a quick read. It can also be stopped and started again at any point  Do I recommend? Readers who immediately think of Yogi Berra when it comes to a baseball legend who had some memorable quotes should read this book to discover another quotable baseball legend.  Stengel’s thoughts on the strategies of the game make it a good book for hardcore fans as well.