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Casey Stengel

Casey Stengel

The war continues. 1944, however, brought new life to the Braves (then in Boston). Lou Perini, Guido Rugo and Joseph Maney purchased the Braves. Bob Quinn who headed the previous syndicate move on to be President of the club. The new owners were known as the “The Three Little Steam Shovels.” OK, they were contractors in real life.

So, they “shoved” Casey Stengel out as the manager. Did it really take all three of them to do that?

They brought on Bob Coleman. He had some minor league experience but none in the bigs. He did about as good as Casey had the previous year which wasn’t too good. The Braves ended up 40 games behind the leader. That was “good” enough for a sixth place finish with a 65-89 record.