He was a media darling in the 1950s and 60s as manager of the New York Yankees. The “Ol’ Perfesser” had a lot to say, even if it wasn’t always possible to understand exactly what he meant. Long before his managerial career began, though, Casey Stengel was a player and in October, 1923, he made history by belting the first World Series home run at Yankee Stadium.
Our Vintage Photo of the Day, in cooperation with RMY Auctions, is a 6 ½” x 8 ½” image from Pacific and Atlantic Photos that was prepared for use after Stengel’s 9th inning, walk-off home run for the New York Giants.
Dated October 11, 1923, the caption on the back of the photo creatively details the confrontation between Stengel and Bullet Joe Bush, the Yankees pitcher who absorbed the loss after Casey’s clout. In play-by-play fashion, the caption details the Giants’ 5-4 victory at the new Bronx ballpark.
Stengel, by the way, hit another homer in a second Giants victory during the series. However, Bush would come back to win Game 5 and thanks in part to the power of Babe Ruth, the Yankees rallied to take the title, 4 games to 2.
The photo editor appropriately added a ‘star’ graphic behind Stengel’s file photo as newspapers around the country began looking for ways to highlight the big matchup between city rivals.
The photo has a few pinholes at the corners and some wrinkling at the edges but it’s believed to be the first time a photo of Stengel with direct ties to the first World Series homer at Yankee Stadium has been offered.
It’s among more than 300 historic sports, news and entertainment images up for bid through Sunday at RMYAuctions.com.