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Connie Mack Newsbeat
Friday, May 13, 2016
Connie Mack, quoted in the Pittsburgh Press, May 13, 1916:
I picked this story to link today because I don’t have any idea what Mack was doing. On May 8, Myers threw a complete game and walked seven batters. On May 11, with two days rest, Myers threw a complete game and walked ten batters. On May 13, with one day rest, Myers threw a complete game and walked six batters. According to Tangotiger’s pitch count estimator, Elmer Myers threw approximately 433 pitches between May 8 and May 13, 1916.
There’s no indication that Myers injured himself as a result of this stretch, but I’m having a tough time wrapping my brain around the amount of crazy on display here.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Pittsburgh Press, February 17, 1916:
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.
Monday, January 18, 2016
Washington Herald, January 18, 1916:
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.
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