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Forging Genius: The Making of Casey Stengel Hardcover – May 17, 2005
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Now, in this biographical sketch, learn about this great man and what makes him tick. How did he lead the Yankees through five straight championships? From his humble beginnings baseball fans thought that this old man would never be able to compete with the Red Sox or Indians. And did he surprise every baseball fan.
Forging Genius gives insights about the love Casey Stengel had for the game and the desire to entertain baseball fans. With a relentless hunger to succeed he earned everybody's respect. This is a must read for every body who likes baseball and wants to learn something about this great American sport. I like it and give it five stars. Marvin P. Ferguson, author of BOYS ON THE GOLD COAST.
Goldman does an amazing job showing how Stengel was really an intelligent man, displaying an American wit, typical of one from the Midwest and the great Mark Twain. After reading "Forging Genius" I discovered that Stengel was an incredibly funny guy with tremendous observational powers. It was truly a compelling and fluid story and I was surprised at how talented this first-time author is.
Forging Genius was meticulously researched, and what really shines through was how much the author enjoyed researching and writing about this colorful personality. It may make Goldman's story a tad biased on the positive side, but in today's cynical society, it was refreshing to see just a touch of hero-worship in a book about a man long considered to be a buffoon in baseball circles. Goldman proves that Stengel was ahead of his time and a genius to boot!
DON'T PASS THIS ONE UP!!!
George Weiss stunned baseball insiders, the press corps and Yankee fans when he hired Stengel in the fall of 1948. Many derided Stengel as a clown and a "second division manager." Stengel won 5 straight World Series with the Yankees (and an overall total of 7 titles and 10 pennants). After his unparalleled success, many of those who scoffed began to call him a genius. Goldman's book only spends two chapters on Casey's time with the Yankees; the bulk of it is about his playing and earlier managing career, where his genius was created and tested.
The highlights and major points of the book are the following:
1) his relationship with John McGraw
2) how McGraw platooned Stengel, thus creating the manager who would bring the platoon into vogue
3) how Bucky Harris invented the stopper with Joe Page, and how Stengel adopted and adapted his strategy
4) Stengel's love and ability to teach young players
5) how he used humor and obfuscation with the press
6) his relationship with Frankie Frisch
7) his relationship with Billy Martin
8) how, unlike most people inside and outside of baseball, he was able to learn and adapt as he grew older and moved up the chain of command
It's a wonderful, informative book with loads of quotes and funny stories.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is inundated with baseball statistics, to an extent unnecessary to tell Casey Stengel's personal story. Read morePublished on June 2, 2014 by Jon R. Doyle
One learns much about Casey and the Yankees of the times. Real baseball was played with much emphasis on team, but there were many interesting character nuances.Published on May 27, 2014 by Carlos B. Alonso
Good story, set in unreadable sans serif type...terribly proofread...execrable letting.....
this guy writes a good column for the NY Sun, but if he ever does another... Read more