Malkin Lecture: Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character

As the 2017 World Series draws near, join baseball expert Marty Appel as he discusses New York baseball and his new book on the legendary Hall of Famer Casey Stengel—the only man to wear the uniforms of the Brooklyn Dodgers, the New York Giants, the Yankees, and the Mets. For more than five decades, he was the quirky, hilarious, and beloved face of baseball in America. As a legendary manager, he formed indelible, complicated relationships with Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Billy Martin and he revolutionized the role of manager while winning a spectacular 10 pennants and 7 world championships. Jacob Ruppert, the owner of the Yankees in the early 20th century and builder of Yankee Stadium was a member of the 7th Regiment and the connections from this East Side Armory to the Bronx run deep. For this lecture, archival items related to baseball will be on display.

Marty Appel started his career in baseball at age 19 when he has hired by the Yankees to answer Mickey Mantle’s fan mail back in 1968. He went on to become the youngest public relations director in baseball history. As the man responsible for Old Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium, he worked closely with Stengel in the 1970s. Appel is considered one of the nation’s leading historians on the Yankees, and has written 24 books including Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss (Bloomsbury, 2014), considered the definitive history of the team. A lifelong New Yorker, he has won an Emmy Award for his production of Yankee baseball and is a regular commentator on sports news. His new book Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character (2017) is the first major biography of Stengel in more than 30 years.

Image: Casey Stengel at Yankee Stadium on October 13, 1948, Photo: Bettmann / Contributo

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Thursday, September 28

at 6:30pm

Veterans Room
Tickets: $15 General Admission and Armory Friend ($100) members
$12 Senior/Student
$10 Armory Supporter ($250) members and above

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