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5.0 out of 5 stars Connie Mack and the Early Years of baseball, November 11, 2007
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This is a well researched, well written,
detailed book on the life of Connie Mack. The author states he spent twenty-two years working on this book. The book is interesting from the start. In the forward, former United States Senator Connie Mack III tells about being a youngster and helping take care of his grandfather. It begins with the birth of Connie Mack and ends seven hundred pages later with the 1914 season. Connie Mack was not only very intelligent as a manager but also as a player in the National and Players Leagues. Mack had a large hand in helping form the American League and this book gives an account of how the American League was formed. Mack sent scouts or scouted on his own as he built the Philadelphia Athletics dynasty. Players such as Eddie Plank and Rube Waddell are brought to life. Also, Mack was very kind and giving, supporting many members of his family and friends. Several long standing beliefs about Mack are debunked. This book is a must read for baseball historians. Here is hoping 1915- is in the works.
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Initial post: Dec 31, 2007 11:43:27 AM PST
Bill Emblom says:
Tom, I have the book but haven't read it yet. I was disappointed to find out it goes only to 1914. The following is from the latest biography on Branch Rickey: "There is little doubt, however, that the executive who opposed Robinson was Rickey's old friend Connie Mack, who said publicly during Robinson's first spring training in 1946, "I used to have respect for Rickey. I don't have any more." Mack added that his Athletics would not play the Dodgers in Florida if Robinson came with them."

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2008 5:38:58 AM PST
I just finished 1910's Championship season (500 pages into the book) and it's an excellent read. I find the above comment interesting in that all through his managing so far, he had his teams play against some negro league teams on their way up from spring training to prepare for their season.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2014 3:14:44 PM PST
Interesting that Connie Mack had no problem playing negro teams and Rube Foster claims Mack had him on permanent retainer as a consultant. I have read extensively on Mack and his A's and never have I seen any hint of him being a racist. There are many verifiable bigots at the time of Robinson's entrance into the majors, Mack was certainly not one of them.
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