A poor hitting ballplayer was the object of the following remark: "Mister, that boy couldn't hit the ground if he fell out of an airplane."
Complaining about his team's defense, he said: "I don't like them fellas who drive in two runs and let in three."
Referring to the rookies Ed Kranepool and Greg Goossen in 1964 , Stengel observed, "See that fellow over there? He's 20 years old. In ten years he has a chance to be a star. Now, that fellow over there, he's 20, too. In ten years he has a chance to be 30." Kranepool never became a star, but he did have an 18-year major league career.
In 1975, he was asked if he would like to return to managing. He responded, "Well, to be perfectly truthful and honest and frank about it, I am 85 years old, which ain't bad, so to be truthful and honest and frank about it, the thing I'd like to be right now is... an astronaut."
I'll never forget September 6, 1950. I got a letter threatening me, Hank Bauer, Yogi Berra and Johnny Mize. It said if I showed up in uniform against the Red Sox I'd be shot. I turned the letter over to the FBI and told my manager Casey Stengel about it. You know what Casey did? He gave me a different uniform and gave mine to Billy Martin. Can you imagine that! Guess Casey thought it'd be better if Billy got shot.