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Connie Mack Newsbeat
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Pittsburgh Press, April 23, 1915:
I get the impression that Baker was lying when he said traveling was the problem. Seems to me he probably saw how terrible the Athletics were going to be for the next few years, didn’t want to deal with it, had enough money to walk away, and didn’t want to embarrass Mack in the process.
As for the Trappe to Upland jaunt, it’s nearly two hours by car in 2015, so I can’t imagine how long the drive would have taken in 1915. 4-5 hours maybe? Mack’s right; that would not have been a fun commute.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Washington Times, February 17, 1915:
Most sources, including SABR, the Baseball Hall of Fame, and contemporary newspapers, suggest that Mack is stretching the truth here. According to those reports, Baker wanted to renegotiate his contract as a result of Mack selling off most of the team, Mack declined to do so, and neither was willing to budge.
After the 1915 season, under pressure from Ban Johnson to get one of the American League’s star players back on the field, Mack sold Baker to the Yankees.
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Grand Forks Daily Herald, January 7, 1915:
Looks like the team-instigated hatchet job is at least 100 years old today.
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Connie Mack responds to Eddie Plank signing with the Federal League, Richmond Times-Dispatch, December 3, 1914:
Plank, as you might expect, dominated the inferior talent in the Federal League in 1915, winning 21 games while leading the league in ERA+, FIP, WHIP, HR/9, BB/9, and K/BB ratio.
Gettysburg Eddie still had it when the Federals imploded and he came back to the American League as a 40-year-old, putting up a 125 ERA+ in 366.2 innings in two seasons before retiring.
Monday, December 01, 2014
Washington Herald, December 1, 1914:
The trade never happened, but Connie did spend the winter of 1914-1915 strengthening other ballclubs. The Athletics, winners of four pennants and three World Series between 1910-1914, suddenly dumped virtually their entire roster and lost 109 games in 1915.
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