You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?!

You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?!
Author(s)
Co-Authors / Illustrators
Age Range
4+
Release Date
March 08, 2016
ISBN
978-0375870132
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Legendary baseball manager Casey Stengel worked with such greats as Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle; he led the New York Yankees to a record-breaking TEN pennants and SEVEN World Series in twelve years; he invented “platooning,” a way to use players that revolutionized the game; he was a prankster who became famous for sayings like “Everybody line up alphabetically according to your height.”

The brains behind any baseball team is its manager . . . and here’s a picture-book biography about the best, most beloved and entertaining manager in history!

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1 review
Casey at the Bat
In this lengthy picture book, the life and times of the inimitable Stengel is given complete coverage. From his less than stellar playing days to the controversies of his coaching career, Stengel's various eccentricities are covered with affection and humor. I hadn't known anything about this legendary coach, and was vastly amused by how outspoken and outrageous he was. Sometimes this worked for him, but other times it didn't, and the reader is given enough information to draw personal conclusions about whether or not Stengel was successful at what he set out to do.
Good Points
The pictures are rendered in an exuberant line-drawing style with liberal use of blue and red gives this a feeling of being out on the baseball field in the bright sunshine. Readers will laugh at scenes with Casey in his boxers, and wonder how someone who seemingly should have had so little success was able to become the center of the baseball universe in the 1960s.

The message of believing in oneself and persevering through difficulties is clear, but there is a slight feeling that perhaps Stengel didn't help himself by being so difficult. While the age range on this book is given as 4-8, I think that even tween and teen readers will find a lot to take away from this book. I'm very curious to read You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! and You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!, also by these authors.
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