Monday, November 19th, 2018

In July 1965 the 75-year-old Stengel fell and broke his left hip while stepping out of a car. Major surgery was required, and Stengel pulled a surprise when he called Mets president George Weiss and recommended Westrum as the interim manager. Most thought that his choice would be coach Yogi Berra, whom Stengel had once called his “assistant manager” when Berra played for Stengel with the New York Yankees. Picking Westrum, though, seemed to indicate that Stengel planned to return as manager in 1966, figuring it would be easier for Westrum to step down than for the popular and ambitious Berra. Read Westrum’s complete bio, a part of the SABR: Baseball Biography Project here:

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