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You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?!



by
Jonah Winter
illustrated by
Barry Blitt

Edition
Library edition with trade jacket added
Publisher
Random House
Imprint
Schwartz & Wade
ISBN
9780375970139
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People were shocked when Casey Stengel was named Yankees manager in 1948: he "was just a lovable goofball from the Olden Days of Baseball—how on earth was this daffy codger supposed to manage THE New York Yankees?" Glossary of baseball terms. Note on statistics. Author's note. Full-color illustrations rendered in pen-and-ink and watercolor.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

9" x 11"

Dewey

796.357092 B

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2016

Book Genres


Topics

Casey Stengel (1890-1975). U.S. baseball managers. Biography. New York Yankees (baseball team).

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
The “You Never Heard of . . .” picture books are back with this interesting look at a baseball personality known more for his managerial style than for his years as a player. In a relaxed, conversational tone, Winter ushers readers through the life of Casey Stengel, whose childhood dream was to be a baseball player (except for “that one time when he wanted to be a dentist”). Stengel wasn’t the best player in the league, but what he lacked in talent, he made up for in goofball antics. Readers will surely snicker at his many exploits, both as a player and later as a manager. They’ll also see how, despite his wackiness, his persistence got him the gig of a lifetime: managing the New York Yankees. The pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations perfectly complement the nostalgic glimpse back at the glory days of baseball. Blitt plays with proportions in a classic caricature style that exaggerates the silliness of some stand-out scenes. Interspersed throughout are text boxes with facts and stats. This engaging title will have kids sprinting toward sports biographies to learn more about the many legendary players Stengel played ball with or managed. VERDICT A first-rate first purchase.—Abby Bussen, Muskego Public Library, WI

Horn Book

Winter’s latest baseball book (You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!, rev. 3/09; You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!, rev. 1/13) hits the shelves just in time for spring training. The subject—kooky manager Stengel—was a mediocre player in his day, better known for his antics than his ability (although as a New York Giant he did better a guy by the name of Babe Ruth in the 1923 World Series). But as a manager no one has matched Stengel’s five consecutive World Series victories—and seven total championships between 1949–1960—with the great Yankees teams of the era. Winter uses an old-timer’s storytelling style; reading this is like listening to Bronx barflies comparing memories. He sagely plays up Stengel’s wackiness. For instance, in one of several (ticket stub–shaped) sidebars, he highlights Casey’s “Stengelese” (e.g. “The team has come along slow but fast”). Blitt’s pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations range from the suitably silly (an assortment of Casey’s crazy exploits) to the poignant (Casey doffing his cap as he walks off the field and into the sunset), using caricature and perspective to reflect Stengel’s larger-thanlife persona. An author’s note is appended, along with a “Glossary of Baseball Terms” and a brief note “About the Statistics in This Book.” A lack of sources and further reading is the only weak spot in this affectionate tribute to one of baseball’s true originals. sam bloom

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
The “You Never Heard of . . .” picture books are back with this interesting look at a baseball personality known more for his managerial style than for his years as a player. In a relaxed, conversational tone, Winter ushers readers through the life of Casey Stengel, whose childhood dream was to be a baseball player (except for “that one time when he wanted to be a dentist”). Stengel wasn’t the best player in the league, but what he lacked in talent, he made up for in goofball antics. Readers will surely snicker at his many exploits, both as a player and later as a manager. They’ll also see how, despite his wackiness, his persistence got him the gig of a lifetime: managing the New York Yankees. The pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations perfectly complement the nostalgic glimpse back at the glory days of baseball. Blitt plays with proportions in a classic caricature style that exaggerates the silliness of some stand-out scenes. Interspersed throughout are text boxes with facts and stats. This engaging title will have kids sprinting toward sports biographies to learn more about the many legendary players Stengel played ball with or managed. VERDICT A first-rate first purchase.—Abby Bussen, Muskego Public Library, WI

Horn Book

Winter’s latest baseball book (You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!, rev. 3/09; You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!, rev. 1/13) hits the shelves just in time for spring training. The subject—kooky manager Stengel—was a mediocre player in his day, better known for his antics than his ability (although as a New York Giant he did better a guy by the name of Babe Ruth in the 1923 World Series). But as a manager no one has matched Stengel’s five consecutive World Series victories—and seven total championships between 1949–1960—with the great Yankees teams of the era. Winter uses an old-timer’s storytelling style; reading this is like listening to Bronx barflies comparing memories. He sagely plays up Stengel’s wackiness. For instance, in one of several (ticket stub–shaped) sidebars, he highlights Casey’s “Stengelese” (e.g. “The team has come along slow but fast”). Blitt’s pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations range from the suitably silly (an assortment of Casey’s crazy exploits) to the poignant (Casey doffing his cap as he walks off the field and into the sunset), using caricature and perspective to reflect Stengel’s larger-thanlife persona. An author’s note is appended, along with a “Glossary of Baseball Terms” and a brief note “About the Statistics in This Book.” A lack of sources and further reading is the only weak spot in this affectionate tribute to one of baseball’s true originals. sam bloom

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