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By Steven Goldman

While Casey Stengel used to be named the executive of the Yankees in 1949, baseball wags have been shocked. What had Stengel ever performed? His paintings coping with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Braves have been lengthy on character and remarkably brief on good fortune. They notion the Yankees might by no means be capable to compete with the pink Sox or Indians with that broken-down previous guy dependable. on the All-Star holiday, the Yankees gave the look of a banged-up bunch of also-rans, unlike a workforce approximately to embark on 5 immediately championships. but Stengel appeared convinced of luck. As Steven Goldman explains, humans had forgotten that Casey knew how you can come back.

How did he understand? Goldman refutes claims that anybody can have received with the Yankees. Casey knew tips on how to win a result of years of fight and ignominy, simply because he’d discovered the right way to deal with via operating of the game’s worst sad-sack franchises, simply because he had realized via failure. to appreciate Stengel’s adolescence, Goldman retraces Stengel’s baseball schooling in enjoying for the good John McGraw, from whom he additionally discovered that luck allows no room for nostalgia. Goldman follows Stengel via his years with the Dodgers and Braves, his go back to the minors, a spat with invoice Veeck, and his good fortune as a businessman clear of the diamond.

Forging Genius provides insights to Stengel’s irrepressible love of the sport and his incorrigible wish to entertain. As Casey positioned it, “Because i will make humans giggle, a few of them imagine I’m a rattling fool.” His humor camouflaged a constant starvation for achievement, glory, and the respectability he desperately sought. Goldman provides readers an remarkable imaginative and prescient of 1 man’s lifelong pursuit of genius at the baseball diamond.

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11210$ $CH2 03-29-05 13:15:04 PS PAGE 17 FORGING GENIUS 18 volved stealing both of Durocher’s coaches, Chuck Dressen and Red Corriden. Dressen, who had managed the Reds for MacPhail, was considered the tactical brains of the Dodgers. He had been hanging around Brooklyn since 1939, waiting for Durocher to slit his own throat (Durocher cooperated on more than one occasion, but Durocher was a survivor). Dressen had a guaranteed contract with one out; he could leave the Dodgers only to take a managerial position.

He was allowed to pass to San Francisco. It was only when Seals manager Lefty O’Doul rebuilt his swing that Woodling again became attractive to major league eyes. Woodling would later laugh that he cost the Yankees far more in 1948 than he would have had they simply held on to him in 1947, but the truth was that in the former year they were bidding on a different player, one whose abilities had finally crystalized. Both Woodling and Bauer had come to camp with injured ankles. CENTER FIELD: The center fielder was the greatest player in the game, and everyone knew it, including DiMaggio.

Introduced by Dan Topping, Stengel said, ‘‘Thank you, Bob . . ’’ Bob was Topping’s sybaritic brother, his partner in the National Football League’s Brooklyn Dodgers team (later the New York Yankees of the AAFL; such was the second-tier status of professional football in those days that an association with baseball was seen as a corrective to the pervasive lack of interest in the sport), but otherwise a man of leisure. The great Joe McCarthy had made the very same error in his first press conference when he thanked Colonel Huston, Jacob Ruppert’s unlamented former partner of nearly ten years gone by.

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