Casey Stengel was quoted saying, "Mungo and I get along fine. I just tell him I won't stand for no nonsense, and then I duck" which refers to the wild, mean, and often violent temper seen in Van Mungo — both on and off the field.
Click the Radio to Play/Pause Van Lingle Mungo by David Frishberg
The following story about Van Mungo appeared in The Herring Design Quarterlies, "Once, when the Dodgers were training in Cuba, his friends really saved him. Seems Van Lingle Mungo became enamored with a nightclub dancer by the name of Gonzalez, and she liked him pretty well, too. Her husband caught them in the clutches, and Mungo punched him in the eye. Señor Gonzalez returned with a butcher knife. That's when a Dodgers executive by the name of Babe Hamberger hid Mungo in a laundry cart. He got his pitcher out of a major jam and down to the wharf where a seaplane was waiting. Mungo hid while his bags were loaded. Then Hamberger yelled, and Mungo sprinted for the plane, leaping aboard with the police hot on his heels."
Did you know that during his Major League debut (September 12, 1931), Van Mungo loaded the bases during the first inning then fireballed his way out of the jam and went on to pitch a 2-0 shutout versus the Braves? He also helped his own cause during his debut by hitting a single during the second inning and a triple during the fifth inning.