The Sports Archives Greatest Moments – Casey Stengel Comeback

The year was 1958 and the New York Yankees were at the top once again having easily won the American League pennant early on. This did not work to their advantage however, because as the season wound down, the Yanks lost emotion and momentum.

When the World Series came around, the Milwaukee Braves jumped to a 3 games to 1 lead. Yankee’s coach Casey Stengel had his back to the wall and knew that if he didn’t do something, the Series and the year would be lost. He knew that the 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates were the only team to previously come back from a 3 to 1 deficit in the World Series to win.

Even with these odds, Casey knew he would win and the hardest task put before him was to convey this positive attitude to his players.  And that is exactly what he did!  His team played like well-oiled machines the rest of the series taking the next three games and proving once again that Casey would not bow down to defeat.

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