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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-17-2016

Pittsburgh Press, February 17, 1916:

“The sale of Frank Baker brings greater satisfaction to me than winning pennants.” This was the declaration of Manager Mack, of the Athletics, today. “I do not care particularly about the money involved in the transaction, but am glad to get rid of the responsibility which was placed on my shoulders through the whole affair.”
...
Mack said today he had no intention of breaking up his famous machine until Baker “retired.” The departure of Eddie Collins was deemed advisable, according to Mack, but the other stars who were sold later would have been retained had Baker remained with the team. A spirit of unrest and dissatisfaction, detrimental to the team, developed after the Baker incident.

I admire and respect Connie Mack, but he’s full of crap here. Mack released Chief Bender, a 30-year-old star coming off a 17-3, 2.26 season, in October 1914. At the same time, he released Eddie Plank, who was old but adequate. Two months later, he sold 27-year-old Eddie Collins, who was in his prime, was the best middle infielder in baseball, and is to this day in the running for the title “greatest second baseman who ever lived”. Two months after that, Mack announced that he had just received a letter from Baker saying he was retiring.

Connie Mack: Pants on fire.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 17, 2016 at 10:31 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: connie mack, dugout, history, home run baker, lying liars

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

 

 

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