Connie Mack: The Turbulent and Triumphant Years, 1915-1931

Connie Mack: The Turbulent and Triumphant Years, 1915-1931

by Norman L. Macht
     
 

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The Philadelphia Athletics dominated the first fourteen years of the American League, winning six pennants through 1914 under the leadership of their founder and manager, Connie Mack. But beginning in 1915, where volume 2 in Norman L. Macht’s biography picks up the story, Mack’s teams fell from pennant winners to last place and, in an unprecedented

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The Philadelphia Athletics dominated the first fourteen years of the American League, winning six pennants through 1914 under the leadership of their founder and manager, Connie Mack. But beginning in 1915, where volume 2 in Norman L. Macht’s biography picks up the story, Mack’s teams fell from pennant winners to last place and, in an unprecedented reversal of fortunes, stayed there for seven years. World War I robbed baseball of young players, and Mack’s rebuilding efforts using green youngsters of limited ability made his teams the objects of public ridicule.

At the age of fifty-nine and in the face of widespread skepticism and seemingly insurmountable odds, Connie Mack reasserted his genius, remade the A’s, and rose again to the top, even surpassing his earlier success. Baseball biographer and historian Macht recreates what may be the most remarkable chapter in this larger-than-life story. He shows us the man and his time and the game of baseball in all its nitty-gritty glory of the 1920s, and how Connie Mack built the 1929–1931 champions of Foxx, Simmons, Cochrane, Grove, Earnshaw, Miller, Haas, Bishop, Dykes—a team many consider baseball’s greatest ever.

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Editorial Reviews

McCormick Messenger

"Like the man he continues to so capably chronicle, Norman Macht is astute, authoritative, and meticulous. If you want to learn about twentieth-century baseball, you'll have to read this book."—Bob Edmonds, McCormick Messenger

— Bob Edmonds

Florida Weekly

"For any fan of baseball or history—or ideally both—it's worth devoting a few hours to Connie Mack, The Turbulent & Triumphant Years, 1915–1931."—Glenn Miller, Florida Weekly

— Glenn Miller

Choice

"Between 1914 and 1931, Mack's teams went from the penthouse to the cellar of the American League, and back to the penthouse, as he sold off one group of accomplished players and brought together another, which included such greats as Lefty Grove, Jimmy Foxx, Mickey Cochrane, and Al Simmons. It is a fascinating story. . . . This book will please anyone who likes the hits, runs, and errors of baseball."—R. W. Roberts, Choice

— R. W. Roberts

Choice - R. W. Roberts
"Between 1914 and 1931, Mack's teams went from the penthouse to the cellar of the American League, and back to the penthouse, as he sold off one group of accomplished players and brought together another, which included such greats as Lefty Grove, Jimmy Foxx, Mickey Cochrane, and Al Simmons. It is a fascinating story. . . . This book will please anyone who likes the hits, runs, and errors of baseball."—R. W. Roberts, Choice
McCormick Messenger - Bob Edmonds
"Like the man he continues to so capably chronicle, Norman Macht is astute, authoritative, and meticulous. If you want to learn about twentieth-century baseball, you'll have to read this book."—Bob Edmonds, McCormick Messenger
Florida Weekly - Glenn Miller
"For any fan of baseball or history—or ideally both—it's worth devoting a few hours to Connie Mack, The Turbulent & Triumphant Years, 1915–1931."—Glenn Miller, Florida Weekly
Tom Swift
“I can’t think of a better match between biographer and subject. Like the man he continues to so capably chronicle, Norman Macht is astute, authoritative, and meticulous. If you want to learn about twentieth-century baseball, you’ll have to read this book. The best part is that you’ll want to.”—Tom Swift, author of Chief Bender’s Burden
Cardinal70.com - Daniel Shoptaw
"If you are a fan of the early days of baseball or just want to learn more about them, I'd highly recommend picking up this book. It was extremely enjoyable to sit and read and will increase your knowledge of that time period immensely."—Daniel Shoptaw, Cardinal70.com
NINE - Rick Huhn
"[Connie Mack is] a major addition to the study of the game and its longest-serving icon."—Rick Huhn, NINE
Kirkus Reviews
The second volume of the author's massive biography of legendary baseball manager Connie Mack (1862–1956). Macht's first volume (Connie Mack and the Early Years of Baseball, 2007) covered the Hall of Famer's life up to age 52, a period during which his team, the Philadelphia Athletics, won six pennants and three World Series titles. The current volume covers some wilderness and some promised-land years. His team had aged, so he decided to rebuild, a decision that cost him seven straight last-place finishes between 1915 and 1921. Mack eventually gave up his plan of building from the farm system and began buying players and trading. Between 1929 and 1931, the A's won three consecutive pennants and two World Series with the sterling efforts of such iconic stars as Lefty Grove, Al Simmons, Mickey Cochrane and Jimmy Dykes. The aging Tris Speaker and Ty Cobb even played for Mack at the ends of their careers. Crusty Cobb, it seems, revered his manager. Appearing throughout the text are some of the greatest names in baseball--Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Eddie Collins, Walter Johnson and countless others. Moreover, Macht has done such meticulous research that readers will discover the precise layout of Mack's office at Shibe Park as well as his home. The author combed period newspapers for stories about Mack, quotes extensively from personal letters of the principals, reproduces numerous encomiums to the manager offered by family, players, fans and competitors, describes exciting game action and political battles and rule changes and charts the surfaces of Mack's diamond-keen baseball sense. In 650 pages he has no ill word for Mack and continually reminds us of his greatness. He was a respected husband, father, leader, role model and humanitarian--maybe even a hero. Definitive and exhaustive, animated by a profound respect and admiration.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803220393
Publisher:
UNP - Nebraska
Publication date:
04/01/2012
Pages:
720
Sales rank:
198,448
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.20(d)

Meet the Author

Norman L. Macht is the author of more than thirty books, including Connie Mack and the Early Years of Baseball (available in a Nebraska Paperback).

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