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Connie Mack and the Early Years of Baseball Hardcover – September 1, 2007
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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.
Mack is the ideal subject to use to tell about baseball's early years because he was involved, in one way or another, in virtually every development. Macht chronicles Mack's childhood, his family, his days as a player and manager.
Macht spends much of the first part of the book dispelling myths about baseball's early years and Mack.
As a catcher, Mack was underrated. Writer Hugh Fullerton described him as a "better hitter than credited and dangerous in the pinch. He was a perfect backstop; cool, unhurried, deadly in throwing."
Wilbert Robinson called him "a little tin god behind the plate."
Macht writes that "It's difficult to reconcile the later image of Mack the public remembers--dignified, kind and soft-spoken--with the sharp-tongued, hot-headed manager of the 1890s, which he was."
Macht does an excellent job of capturing what the times were like, both on and off the field. A reader will learn a lot about the issues of the times and how the rules changed during baseball's early years.
Macht is extremely knowledgeable about the personalities of the players associated with Mack. He has a habit of adding little details, insight and color that bring the players to life. He does the same with Mack's family life. You truly feel you are in Mack's shoes.
While Macht is a noted baseball historian, he is also an excellent writer.Read more ›
Another charming aspect of the book is the many colorful characters the reader is introduced to--whether teammates of Mack's during his playing career, or players under him during his 50-plus years of managing in the big leagues. The list is too lengthy to mention, but some of my favorites were Rube Waddell, the flame-throwing southpaw who just wouldn't grow up, and Gettysburg Eddie Plank, who pitched for Mack's Philadelphia Athletics for 14 years. Plank was a tour guide at the Gettysburg battlefield during the off-season.
One player who does not come off so well is Christy Mathewson, who pitched for the New York Giants and against the A's in three World Series. Generally considered an educated gentleman at a time when many players were rowdies, Mathewson twice signed contracts with teams in the American League, only to "jump" back to the National League Giants. He was also critical of his own teammates in print during the 1911 World's Series.
Though this is the first in a three-volume series on Mack, it is a book that can easily stand by itself. A superb biography of a good and great man.
Author Macht assures us that we get to know Mack the player with Hartford and Washington prior to moving on to Pittsburgh and Milwaukee. Mack feels that his move to Milwaukee was one of the best decisions he made regarding his baseball career. We also learn about baseball wars involving the Players' League and the Federal League each of which went about raiding the major leagues of their talent.
This is also the story of baseball nabobs such as American League President Ban Johnson and Ben Shibe, owner of the Philadelphia Athletics. We also learn about players such as Frank "Home Run" Baker, Stuffy McInnis, Eddie Plank, Chief Bender, Eddie Collins, and others who played a prominent role during this time period for the Mackmen.
We also are given a thorough understanding of Mr. Mack's personality in relation to his players and umpires. His temper could exhibit itself in a foul manner if the situation arose in regard to either one, but he generally had a reputation of treating both with respect. Mr. Mack did share one tidbit that has been illustrated by Branch Rickey as well. Both of them have said that, although the goal is to win the pennant in your league prior to going on to the World Series, ideally it is better financially to stay in contention and finish second because if you win the pennant you end up having to pay your players more money.Read more ›
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