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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803220391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803220393
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #904,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Macht has done such meticulous research that readers will discover the precise layout of Mack's office at Shibe Park as well as his home. . . . In 650 pages he has no ill word for Mack and continually reminds us of his greatness. He was a respected husband, father, leader, role model and humanitarian—maybe even a hero."—Kirkus Starred Review
(Kirkus 2012-02-15)

"Between 1914 and 1931, Mack's teams went from the penthouse to the cellar of the American League, and back to the penthouse, as he sold off one group of accomplished players and brought together another, which included such greats as Lefty Grove, Jimmy Foxx, Mickey Cochrane, and Al Simmons. It is a fascinating story. . . . This book will please anyone who likes the hits, runs, and errors of baseball."—R. W. Roberts, Choice
(R. W. Roberts Choice)

"Like the man he continues to so capably chronicle, Norman Macht is astute, authoritative, and meticulous. If you want to learn about twentieth-century baseball, you'll have to read this book."—Bob Edmonds, McCormick Messenger
(Bob Edmonds McCormick Messenger 2012-05-03)

"For any fan of baseball or history—or ideally both—it's worth devoting a few hours to Connie Mack, The Turbulent & Triumphant Years, 1915–1931."—Glenn Miller, Florida Weekly
(Glenn Miller Florida Weekly)

"If you are a fan of the early days of baseball or just want to learn more about them, I'd highly recommend picking up this book. It was extremely enjoyable to sit and read and will increase your knowledge of that time period immensely."—Daniel Shoptaw,
(Daniel Shoptaw 2013-03-10)

"[Connie Mack is] a major addition to the study of the game and its longest-serving icon."—Rick Huhn, NINE
(Rick Huhn NINE)

About the Author

Norman L. Macht is the author of more than thirty books, including Connie Mack and the Early Years of Baseball (available in a Nebraska Paperback).

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I can't wait for the third volume.
Mark R. Brewer
12, 1929 when the A's rallied for 10 runs in the seventh inning in Game 4 of the World Series to beat the Chicago Cubs.
Barry Sparks
This book is baseball and social history at its best.
Bill Emblom

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bill Emblom on April 11, 2012
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Volume Two of author Norman Macht's three volume set on the life of baseball icon Connie Mack is every bit as riveting as his introductory volume. This second volume encompasses 648 pages, and I read it a couple of chapters each day. We begin with the Athletics having been defeated by George Stalling's Miracle Braves in four straight games in the 1914 World Series. Following this defeat Mack saw fit to dismantle his team and rebuild. I remember Mr. Mack stating on a phonograph record that the fans just got tired of seeing us win. In any case the Mackmen went through years of struggling through the teens and well into the 1920s.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barry Sparks VINE VOICE on May 18, 2012
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Author Norman Macht continues his excellent work on the life of Connie Mack in this second 650-page volume. Certainly the years from 1915 to 1931 represented the lowest and the highest for Mack. After the favored Philadelphia Athletics were upset by the Boston Braves in the 1914 World Series, Mack broke up the team, vowing to build another winner in a couple years.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark R. Brewer on August 6, 2013
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Connie Mack was involved in major league baseball as a player or manager for more than 65 years. As manager of the Philadelphia Athletics from 1901-1950, he won nine American League pennants and five World Series Championships. Reading this biography of him is like reading the history of baseball in the first half of the 20th Century. But what really strikes me about this book is how beloved Mack was by all those who knew him--from John McGraw to Babe Ruth to Ty Cobb. Mack was probably the most respected man in baseball history, not for his managing ability, though he was a brilliant manager, but for the man he was--kind, honest, fair, generous and humble. He spent thousands of dollars of his own money every year helping former players or teammates who were in financial straights. He would personally answer every letter that was sent to him. He would stop and talk to anyone who approached. He was a good, decent man who just happened to be an excellent manager and judge of character. And everyone--EVERYONE--called him "Mr. Mack." This biography was a delight to read. Not only does the reader get a lesson is baseball history, but they come to know quite well one of the truly great sportsmen of all time. This is the second volume in a proposed three-volume biography. I can't wait for the third volume.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ranger on June 3, 2013
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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 1910-1914, the arrival of the Federal League and it's impact on Major League Baseball.

It was a real experience for me to at last read in details how the "Slim Schemer" lived those dismal years of reconstruction with green, unproven youngsters he dug out of any sandlot his scouts could lay their eyes on.

What joy, how proud has M. Mack felt when his efforts culminated in World Series win for his White Elephants Philadelphia Athletics in 1929 and 1930, when he had first to rebuilt his broken machine and then had to get past those incredibly strong Yankees teams of Ruth, Gehrig and Dickey.

M. Norman L Macht work on Connie Mack IS, in my opinion,REQUIRED READING, for any student of the game. I just can't wait to get my eyes on the third installment of Connie Mack's life.
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