New York City (JFK+50) Fifty years ago today, August 30, 1965, long-time major league baseball player and manager Casey Stengel* announced his retirement ending a 56 year career. Casey was manager of the New York Mets at the time.
Stengel first became manager of the New York Yankees replacing Joe McCarthy in 1949. Casey inherited the likes of Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Phil Rizzuto and Mickey Mantle. Stengel managed the first team in baseball history to win five consecutive World Series championships (1949-1953).
Casey went on to post a record of 1149 wins and 696 losses over 12 seasons while winning 10 American League pennants and 7 World Series. Casey Stengel was admitted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966.
Stengel was fired as manager of the Yankees at the age of 70 because they thought he was too old to manage. In his classic style, Casey said: "I'll never make the mistake of being 70 again."
In 1960 at the Al Smith Dinner in New York, Senator John F. Kennedy said...
"The worst news for the Republicans this week was that Casey Stengel had been fired. It just shows past experience doesn't count."
Vice-President Richard Nixon had been saying in the 1960 presidential campaign that JFK lacked the experience necessary to be President.
*Charles Dillon "Casey" Stengel (1890-1975) was born in Kansas City, MO. His baseball career began in Brooklyn in 1913 and he played for several different teams including the NY Giants.
According to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, "Stengel's colorful personality &...quotable remarks made him one of baseball's most beloved characters."
"Charles Dillon Stengel," National Baseball Hall of Fame, www.baseballhall.org/
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) The telephone "hot line" between the Pentagon and the Kremlin was activated for the first time fifty-two years ago, August 30, 1963. Earlier in June, the hot line agreement was signed by representatives of the United States and USSR.
The agreement came in the wake of the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962 when the world came close to nuclear war. The White House issued a statement saying the hotline would "help reduce the risk of war occurring by accident or miscalculation."
The first test message sent over the wires from Washington was...
"The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog's back 1234567890."