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Mr. Stengel goes to Washington – part 5


September 13, 2019

Having major league baseball manager Casey Stengel testify to a U.S. Senate subcommittee on July 8, 1958, was basically a publicity stunt.

Instead of the committee conducting a boring hearing in front of a bored audience, Stengel’s appearance caught the attention of the media. He played to a packed house.

Sitting next to Stengel at the witness table was one of his star players, Oklahoma’s own Mickey Mantle. The hearing room was in “standing room only” mode.

The purpose of the hearing before the Antitrust and Monopoly Subcommittee was to gather information about how a proposed statut...

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