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Connie Mack: The Turbulent and Triumphant Years, 1915-1931 Hardcover – April 1, 2012
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Mr. Mack possessed the attribute of patience which enabled him to withstand years of rebuilding which required trying out various individuals who fancied themselves as potential major league baseball players. The vast majority of these proved themselves to be suspects rather than prospects. Eventually his patience paid off by adding the likes of Moses "Lefty" Groves (later shortened to Grove), Mickey Cochrane, Jimmy Foxx, and Al Simmons. A note of trivia mentioned that two Hall of Famers (Grove and Cochrane) both made their debut in the same game. The "Ath-a-letics" just missed out with a pennant-winning team in 1928 to the New York Yankees, but then went on to defeat the Cubs in the 1929 Series and the Cardinals in 1930 before losing out to the Redbirds of John Leonard "Pepper" Martin. "The Wild Horse of the Osage" ran wild, and Athletics' catcher Mickey Cochrane received blame for Martin's base running success.
Connie Mack was a much-respected individual among his own players, the opposition, and the public at large. He had time for anyone who exhibited an interest in him, and numerous individuals were the beneficiary of his benevolence.Read more ›
Mack figured he had built a winning team before (the A's from 1910-1914) and he could do it again. Knowledgeable baseball fans and sportswriters had little reason to doubt Mack, who was considered one of the best baseball minds. Instead, it took Mack 11 years to field another winner.
One of the things Macht does best is to keep the events of the day in perspective with the times instead of offering a revisionist history. According to Macht, revisionists often oversimplify Mack's actions and motivations. Macht says it's easier to look back 100 years than it is to look ahead five or six years.
Despite Mack's actions after the 1914 season, he, as well as other observers, still felt the A's could be competitive. Pilloried as a penny-pincher and skinflint, Mack cut payroll and expenses because baseball is a business and he understood it. The cheap label was unfairly hung on Mack and it has outlived him by 60 years. Unbelievably, four other teams, including the seventh-place Yankees outdrew the A's in 1914 when they went to their third World Series in four years. And, although manager John McGraw also had dismantled the Giants by the end of the 1916 season getting rid of eight of his 1914 starters, Mack receives the most attention.
Mack took patience to a new level from 1915 to 1925. In 1915, Macht writes that there were basically three A's teams--one coming, one playing and one going.Read more ›
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Yes, I'm an A's fan, because I am old enough to have seen them play in Shibe Park in the late 40's and early 50's. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tom Kilroy
My husband must have loved it. He kept reading passages to me. As we drive around Philadelphia, he often points out places and events he read about in the book.Published 23 months ago by Jane a teacher
This is the second part of the tremendous trilogy of Connie Mack's life written by Norman L Macht.
The tome begins with Connie's dismantlement of his Championship team of... Read more
Thorough research and gifted scholarship produced this biography. Its veracity, its ability to produce palpable life, and its readability score highest grades for Mr. Macht. Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by Dennis L. Morgan
Once again, Mr. Macht has written a well researched and interesting classic.
My only suggestions are an Appendix with the A's record, attendance, and standing for each... Read more
This was a most interesting book about a most interesting individual. It also covers a period of time when baseball was the king of sports professionaly in this country. Read morePublished on August 7, 2012 by Dthom