'KC' became 'Casey'

Yogi Berra was mis-attributed last week. A writer credited him with the phrase, "you could look it up." That quote belongs to Kansas City's famous New York Yankee manager, Casey Stengel. (In fact, some cynics say Yogi's quotes all belong to Joe Garagiola. You could look it up.)

Casey (a nickname assigned to him by minor league teammates) was born in 1890. He excelled in sports, pitching his Central High baseball team to the Missouri State High School Championship. He signed with the minor league Kansas City Blues in 1910 at age 19. He made it to the majors, with Brooklyn, in 1912. In addition to the Dodgers, he played for Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, The New York Giants and The Boston Braves. He participated in three World Series as a player.

His first managerial job was with Worcester, Massachusetts in 1925. At age 58, he took over the NY Yankees, baseball's most storied team. Over the next 12 years he directed them to ten American League and five World Series Championships. As Yankee manager he was always in the news. His wit, quotability, mangled syntax and run-on monologues were dubbed "Stengelese". When the Yankees fired him in 1960 he stengelesed; "I'll never make the mistake again of being 70 years old." He had just lead the Yanks to the 1960 World Series.

Casey died in 1975 in California, but his quotes live on. You could look 'em up.

Quotes, Quips and Quotations

If you have a favorite quote (Casey's or otherwise) please send it to me at: historykc@gmail.com

I love short, pithy, witty quotes. Based on the number of quote compilations, I am not alone. Here are some of my favorites:

I love you...................Wife Marci, daily

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations......Winston Churchill

The history of things that didn't happen has never been written...........Henry Kissinger

You can't go five-for-five every night...........Vic Power

The bible is meant to comfort the afflicted, and to afflict the comfortable.......Father Tom Savage

How old would you be if you didn't know how old you was?.........Satchel Paige

Just don't build it so that it sucks..........junior high-aged boy at a community meeting to discuss building a skateboard park

What you intend to be tomorrow, be today.............John Brown

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.............Theodore Roosevelt

The history of the world is the record of a man in quest of his daily bread and butter............Hendrik Willem van Loon

I hate quotations........................Ralph Waldo Emerson