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

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Entry from November 12, 2011
“Anybody can manage the Yankees”

Baseball’s New York Yankees have been so successful that it’s been said that “Anybody/Anyone can/could manage the Yankees.” The saying has been in print since at least 1933 and 1938.
Wikipedia: New York Yankees
The New York Yankees are a professional baseball team based in the The Bronx, New York. They belong to Major League Baseball’s American League East Division. One of the American League’s eight charter franchises, the club was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1901 as the Baltimore Orioles and moved to New York City in 1903 as the New York Highlanders before becoming the Yankees in 1913. From 1923 to 2008, the Yankees’ home ballpark was Yankee Stadium; in 2009, they moved into a new ballpark, also called Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees lead the league in titles with 27 World Series championships and 40 American League pennants.
21 April 1933, Charleston (WV) Gazette, “On The Sidelines” by Edward J. Neil, Sports, pg. 2, col. 5:
But I think I could pick a hundred fellows out of the first hundred I met on the street, and any or all of them could manage the Yankees to another world championship.
Google News Archive
15 December 1938, Meriden (CT) Record, “Advises Majors To Build Team To Cope With Yanks” by Whitney Martin, pg. 10, col. 5:
Joe McCarthy just waiting for someone to crack that “anyone could manage the Yankees by carrier pigeon from a bench in Central Park.”
28 March 1939, Omaha (NE) World-Herald, “Reds’ Moore Given Boost” by Jack Cuddy (United Press Sports Writer), pg. 15, col. 4:
“A lot of people say anybody could manage the Yankees and go through to a world series victory,” he (Cincinnati Reds pitcher Paul Derringer—ed.) said. “The Yanks have grand players, of course. But all you have to do is watch them in exhibitions to realize they have a fine manager in Joe McCarthy.”
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2 September 1940, Berkeley (CA) Daily Gazette, pg. 7, col. 1:
McCarthy Can Bury the Old
Saying If Yanks Take Flag

United Press Sports Editor
If Joe can grab off the pennant this year, he will have buried that old but untrue saying, “Anybody can manage the Yankees.”
Google Books
Yogi Berra:
An American Original

Champaign, IL: Sports Pub.
Pg. 95:
Now they say: “Anyone can manage the Yankees.”
(Baseball column by Dick Young in the October 10, 1961 New York Daily News on the Yankees winning the 1961 World Series—ed.)

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Saturday, November 12, 2011 • Permalink

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