Just eight days following Yankee manager Casey Stengel's 1949 World Series victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers, the town of Glendale, California, feted its longtime resident with a special day in his honor. Stengel and his wife Edna were paraded down main street to the steps of City Hall, where Stengel received the key to the city from the mayor. Offered here is the key to the city of Glendale presented to Stengel on that day. This one-of-a-kind heavy bronze key (2.25 x 6 inches) is beautifully engraved with Stengel’s name and the year, above which is a likeness of a grizzly bear, the official State Animal. The town name is also listed on the key in relief. Neither the cheering crowd or Casey himself could have ever imagined that this celebration would mark the first of five successive Yankees championships, ushering in the greatest dynasty in baseball history. The key is in Excellent condition overall. Accompanied by an original news photo (7 x 7 inches; Vg) of Stengel and his wife being driven through the city in 1949 and a one-page typed-signed letter (8.5 x 11 inches; Ex-Mt) from John Maximilian Lawson III (Stengel's grand nephew) attesting to its provenance.
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