Baseball Legend Casey Stengel’s Former LA Estate for Sale
Baseball is as much a game that thrives on characters and storytelling as it does on balls and strikes.
On that score, the legendary dugout wizard Casey Stengel was a master — or “The Old Professor,” as Stengel was dubbed for his crazy way with words during his amazing run as a World Series-winning manager of the New York Yankees and Mets.
The New York media loved his ‘Stengelese,’ a point of view and sense of humor that seemed to rub off on his future Hall of Fame Catcher, Yogi Berra. Stengel said of Yogi, ‘He’d fall in a sewer and come up with a gold watch.’ — From The Casey Stengel Baseball Center
The 5-bedroom, 2.5- bathroom estate on 1663 Grandview Ave., Glendale, CA 91201 is listed for $2.410 million and sits on a flat lot just under 1 acre. According to listing agent Gerri Cragnotti of G&C Properties, while the home is on the higher end for El Miradero neighborhood in Glendale, the huge flat lot sports a pool and tennis court that were refurbished four years ago, plus a private orchard.
The home was built by Edna’s father, and the Stengels lived there surrounded by many family members for decades, said Toni Harsh, Casey Stengel’s niece.
“This was the family gathering spot for my entire family until my mother’s death just ahead of Uncle Casey’s in 1975. The exterior holds fond memories. The living room looks the same as I remember and the pictures I have. This room was the location of my mother and father’s wedding reception, and the wedding picture was taken between the two windows by where the piano is now,” Harsh said.
Indeed, between his playing days as an outfielder and his later reincarnation as a 7-time World Series-winning manager, Stengel was the pied piper of Glendale. He served as vice president at his brother-in-law’s bank, Valley National, and was so good, he got sportswriters to invest.
“I was there once in 1963 or ’64. Casey had lunch for the writers at the bank, we dropped by the house later,” said New York Times sports columnist George Vecsey.
“Edna’s brother was the money guy, but Casey was also an officer of the bank. I put $25 in the bank; seemed like good luck,” said Vecsey, who along with other New York sports writers helped elevate Stengel to mythic status, thanks to the ever-flowing verbiage from the colorful Stengel.
Stengel died in 1975 at age 85, and on the night of the funeral, Billy Martin slept in Stengel’s bed in the house on Grandview.
“Billy Martin got permission to sleep in Casey’s bed. Billy loved Casey, his father figure,” Vecsey said.
(Personal note: When Stengel was brought back to manage the New York Mets, my father introduced me to Stengel at the hotel bar during spring training in Florida. Stengel bought me a ginger ale.)
The estate was bought in probate in 1978 from the Stengel family by veterinarian James C. Davis, who owned Davis Animal Hospital in Valley Village from 1964 to 2000. His celebrity clients included Cher, Henry Winkler and Marlon Brando.
Davis passed away in 2000, and now his widow and family are looking to move on.