In the heyday of the New York Yankees, manager Joe McCarthy once interviewed a coach
being brought up to the majors from a Yankee farm team.
"How much do you know about psychology?" McCarthy asked.
The coach said he had studied it in college.
"So you think you're good," said McCarthy.
The coach replied: "I don't know how good I am, but it's a subject I've
"All right," McCarthy said, "I'll give you a test."
McCarthy said he'd had a problem and had gone to Frankie Crosetti, his shortstop, to
"Frank," McCarthy said, "I'm not satisfied with the way Lou Gehrig is
playing first base. He's too lackadaisical. I want you to help me. From now on, charge
every ground ball. When you get it, fire it as quickly and as hard as you can to first
base. Knock Gehrig off the bag if you can. I don't care if you throw wild or not, but
throw it fast and make it tough for him."
Crosetti demurred and said: "Maybe Lou won't like the idea."
"Who cares what Gehrig likes!" McCarthy snapped. "Just do as I tell
McCarthy then said to the coach: "Now that's the story. What conclusions do you
draw from it?"
The coach considered the matter for a minute, then answered: "I guess you were
trying to wake up Gehrig."
"See?" McCarthy shrugged his shoulders in resignation. "You missed the
point entirely. There wasn't a damned thing wrong with Gehrig. Crosetti was the one who
was sleeping. I wanted to wake up Crosetti."
Bits & Pieces, April 30, 1992.