A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 07, 2011
“It isn’t sex that wrecks these players, it’s staying up all night looking for it”

New York Yankees and New York Mets baseball manager Casey Stengel (1890-1975) was supposedly asked by a reporter if he allowed his players to have sex before a ball game, responding:

“It isn’t sex that wrecks these guys, it’s staying up all night looking for it.”

The exact quote (allegedly referring to star Yankees player Mickey Mantle) has not been found, but similar quotations have appeared in print in 1967 amd 1970.


Wikiquote: Casey Stengel
Charles Dillon “Casey” Stengel (30 July 1890 – 29 September 1975) was an American baseball player and manager from the early 1910s into the 1960s. In the 1950s, sportswriters dubbed him with yet another nickname, “The Old Perfessor”, for his sharp wit and his ability to talk at length on anything baseball-related. He is regarded as one of baseball’s more colourful personalities.

Sourced
Being with a woman all night never hurt no professional baseball player. It’s staying up all night looking for a woman that does him in.
. BBC ‘The myths of sex before sport’, 12 August, 2004

Google Books
The Decline and Fall of the New York Yankees
By Jack Mann
New York, NY: Simon and Schuster
1967
Pg. 104:
“It ain’t what you do that matters so much,” he (Casey Stengel—ed.) often said. “It’s staying up all night doing it.”

Google Books
7 August 1970, St. Petersburg (FL) Times, pg. 1C, cols. 1-2:
The Marvelous Old Man
Who Created The Mets

By GEORGE KISEDA
Philadelphia Bulletin
The marvelous old man who invented a language and saved baseball had another birthday last week. Casey Stengel was 80.
(...)
And: “Going all night with women ain’t what hurts you. It’s staying up all night looking for them that does it.”

Google Books
The Complete Runner
By Runner’s World Magazine
New York, NY: Avon Books
1974
Pg. 159:
Perhaps Casey Stengel’s earthy observation is most pertinent here: “It isn’t sex that wrecks these guys, it’s staying up all night looking for it.”

26 November 1978, New Orleans (LA) Times-Picayune, “If You Hurt, Read This” by Dave Van Dyck (Chicago Sun-Times), sec. 6, pg. 20, col. 1:
When asked if too much sex was hurting the Yankees, manager Casey Stengel replied: “It isn’t sex that wrecks these guys, it’s staying up all night looking for it.”

Google Books
Stengel:
His life and times

By Robert W. Creamer
New York, NY: Dell
1985, ©1984
Pg. 264:
Casey is supposed to have said of wandering players whose nightly carousing had more to do with women than wine, “It ain’t getting it that hurts them, it’s staying up all night looking for it.”

GoMeanGreen.com Forums
LongJim
Posted 17 June 2006 - 10:10 AM
(...)
Casey Stengel: “The trouble is not that players have sex the night before a game. It’s that they stay out all night looking for it.”

Sports Illustrated
October 11, 2010
The Mick
He was the most famous face of America’s most famous franchise, his mythology burnished by adoring fans, writers, teammates and opponents. And then, as detailed in his forthcoming biography, there was the other Mickey Mantle, at once innocent and insatiable

Jane Leavy
(...)
(Stengel’s method of surveillance was simpler: He’d send the elevator operator upstairs after midnight to get autographs, thus documenting the curfew breakers by their absent signatures. Stengel’s biographer, Robert Creamer, cited the Ol’ Perfessor’s lesson for tomcatting ballplayers: “It ain’t getting it that hurts them, it’s staying up all night looking for it. They gotta learn that if you don’t get it by midnight, you ain’t gonna get it, and if you do, it ain’t worth it.")

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • (0) Comments • Monday, November 07, 2011 • Permalink