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Monday, January 18, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-18-2016

Washington Herald, January 18, 1916:

AMERICAN LEAGUE MANAGERS LAUGH AT MACK’S THREAT TO REPEAT THIS SEASON

Mack’s Pennant Talk Considered Big Joke

Connie Mack’s threat that he will give Philadelphia a winning ball club in 1917, and will start ripping things up during the middle of the coming season, is taken with a grain of salt and a large series of snorts by almost every manager in the American League.
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The dope about the Athletics from those who are on the inside is to the effect that with McInnis and Strunk and Schang as a nucleus, Connie cannot produce enough strength to make the Athletics a first-division contender for five years or more.

Tell us how you really feel, American League managers. Don’t hold back.

They were right, of course. The 1916 Athletics were the worst team in modern baseball history. They finished the season 36-117, a .235 winning percentage. As for ripping things up during the middle of the season, well…between June 2 and August 8, the Athletics went 4-56.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 18, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, connie mack, dugout, history

Thursday, December 24, 2015

A lifelong mission to tell Connie Mack’s story - philly-archives

I wish I had noticed this article earlier because I would have added the books to my Christmas list.

Macht’s original proposal envisioned a 300-page book. Then he traveled to Mack’s East Brookfield, Mass., birthplace and knew immediately he would need more to tell the story of a man whose life and career spanned much of baseball and American history.

“The town had all the records - birth, death, voting, school,” Macht said from his Escondido, Calif., home. “I wrote it chronologically. I was up to 1910 and already close to 1,000 manuscript pages.”

So he convinced the University of Nebraska Press that a second volume was necessary. And then a third.

“Other publishers told me multivolume biographies were deadly. They wouldn’t touch them,” he said. “They agreed to do two. Then I had another 1,000 pages, and I was only up to 1931.”

The rest of Mack’s life is chronicled in The Grand Old Man of Baseball: Connie Mack in His Final Years.

And the rest of Macht’s now strangely empty life?

“I’m not sure,” he said, “but I’m not starting anything new.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 24, 2015 at 08:45 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: books, connie mack

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-2-2015

Milwaukee Journal, September 2, 1915:

The sale of J. Franklin Baker, former third baseman of the Athletics and “Home Run King” of the American league, will be announced today unless Connie Mack refuses to go through with the deal discussed yesterday.
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The sale of Baker is part of the plan devised by American league magnates to strengthen the Yankees and boost the game in New York, where interest has fallen off, due to the poor showing of the Giants and the tumbling fortunes of the Yankees. More than one American league club will continue to the upbuilding of the Yankees, but Baker is the only player known to have been settled upon for transfer so far.

I’m sick of these hopeless welfare clubs like the Yankees demanding handouts from more successful, better-run organizations.

Anyway, the Baker sale didn’t actually happen until February 1916, and it was for a reported $37,500 instead of the $15,000 mentioned in this article.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 02, 2015 at 08:04 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: connie mack, dugout, history, home run baker, socialism

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Apprenticeship of Connie Mack – The Hardball Times

I have to wonder how the six-year-olds today look at Mack’s statue when they attend Phillies games. Here stands a man born during the Civil War, whose playing career spanned the Gilded Age and the Gay ’90s, and whose managerial career started in 1894 and carried through the first half of the 20th century. Still, it’s been more than six decades since the A’s left for Kansas City, so small fry today would likely be unimpressed by the statute of the gaunt old man waving his scorecard. I think kids would probably look at him as a remote historical figure like, say, General Pershing or William Howard Taft.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: connie mack, history

 

 

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