Experience:25 years (1934-36, 1938-43, 1949-60, 1962-65)
Teams: Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Bees/Braves, New York Yankees, New York Mets
Pennants:10 (1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1967, 1958, 1960)
World Series titles:7 (1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1958)
Yes, we remember Casey Stengel for his glory days with the New York Yankees and the horrible days with the expansion New York Mets, but Stengel was one of the most colorful characters in all of sports. He was one of a kind and certainly earned the right to included among the greats of the game.
He had his struggles in the early going of his managerial career with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Braves, but things took off when he was hired by the New York Yankees in 1948. Stengel’s Yankees won five straight World Series titles, still a record. Talk about a dynasty. In 12 seasons, Stengel won 10 American League pennants and seven World Series titles. His final two years brought struggles, including a stunning loss in the 1960 World Series, and he was fired at age 70.
During that time, Stengel was known to bring humor, mixed with his unique style of communication, which, in part, made him an attractive candidate to join the expansion Mets in 1962. His first season, he lost 120 games, and the team finished last in all four of his seasons as skipper, but there were enough memorable moments to make the Mets the most popular losing team in history.