The ol' professor

Stengel's 1965 and final card

Charles Dillon "Casey" "the Ol' Professor" Stengel (July 30, 1890-September 29, 1975) was the first Mets manager. Casey had a thirteen year playing career with the Brooklyn Dodgers (1912-1917), Pittsburgh Pirates (1918-1919), Philadelphia Phillies (1920-1921), New York Giants (1921-1923), and Boston Braves (1924-1925). He hit the first inside the park home run at the Original Yankee Stadium. He managed the Dodgers (1934-1936), Braves (1938-1943), Yankees (1949-1960), and Mets (1962-1965). He is the only player to have the same number retired by both New York teams (37). Casey won two world series as a player (1921-1922) and eight (1949-1954, 1956-1958). He won eleven American League Pennants (1949-1958, 1960) Despite this great Hall of Fame career, the best he could do for the Mets was a .302 winning percentage. The Mets lost 120 games under Stengel in 1962, to this day the most by any team. The Mets still retired Stengel's number, and inducted him into their Hall of Fame.