Baseball and Glove

 

Oct. 7, 1953

Casey Stengel, never overly fond of false modesty, managed his Yankees to their fifth straight World Series crown and told his increasingly bitter rivals, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.” Or words to that effect.

Specifically, Stengel predicted that the Bronx Bombers had three more flags in their immediate future.

Red Sox general manager, Joe Cronin, called him out.

“Stengel’s talking through his hat,” Cronin said, per the Boston Globe. “The Yankees were lucky to win this one.

“The other contenders were getting knocked off by other clubs. The Red Sox beat Cleveland. Chicago beat the Red Sox. The Athletics beat Chicago

“… The best thing about the Yankees, as they showed in the World Series, is that they’re a good defensive club. They don’t beat themselves.”

The Indians won the AL pennant in 1954 and were beaten by the New York Giants in the World Series. The Yankees were back in the Series in 1955, when Brooklyn won its lone Series before the Dodgers deserted them for Los Angeles. 

The Yankees won in 1956 and 1958. Stengel’s last appearance in the Series came in 1960, when the Pirates stunned them with Bill Mazeroski’s walk-off homer in Game 7, after which Stengel was sent into forced retirement – until the new New York Mets hired him as their first manager, mainly for comic relief as they bumbled through their first few seasons.