Casey Stengel grave
"Casey Stengel"
(Charles Dillon Stengel)
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
Glendale, California

Casey Stengel managed the New York Yankees to eight American League pennants and six World Series championships during the 1950s. But everyone knows his primary contribution to humanity was his broadening and extension of the English language into a new branch of communication that came to be known as "Stengelese." Here are just a few classic Stengelese quotations:

"There comes a time in every man's life and I've had plenty of them."

"All right, everybody line up alphabetically according to your height."

"They say some of my stars drink whiskey, but I have found that the ones who drink milkshakes don't win many ball games."

"Now there's three things you can do in a baseball game: you can win or you can lose or it can rain."

"I heard it couldn't be done, but it don't always work."

"Most ball games are lost, not won."

"Good pitching will always stop good hitting and vice-versa."

"Never make predictions, especially about the future."

"Without losers, where would the winners be?"

"The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided."

"I love signing autographs. I'll sign anything but veal cutlets. My ballpoint pen slips on cutlets."

"Most of the people my age are dead. You could look it up."

       —Casey Stengel