Connie Mack's '29 Triumph: The Rise and Fall of the Philadelphia Athlectics Dynasty

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It has been said that Connie Mack managed only two kinds of teams during his half-century in the City of Brother Love—unbeatable and lousy. His teams collected nine pennants and five World Series titles, balanced by 17 last place finishes. While Mack, an enterprising businessman, had a gift for discovering talented players and molding them into a team, by the time he was well into his sixties, Philadelphians suspected that the A's skipper had lost his ability. Mack went on to disprove all doubts, however, with a ...

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It has been said that Connie Mack managed only two kinds of teams during his half-century in the City of Brother Love—unbeatable and lousy. His teams collected nine pennants and five World Series titles, balanced by 17 last place finishes. While Mack, an enterprising businessman, had a gift for discovering talented players and molding them into a team, by the time he was well into his sixties, Philadelphians suspected that the A's skipper had lost his ability. Mack went on to disprove all doubts, however, with a second championship dynasty in 1929 that vindicated the "Tall Tactician."

This work chronicles the rise and fall of the 1929 Philadelphia Athletics and their six-year rivalry with the New York Yankees, 1927 to 1932. Based primarily on newspaper accounts, the book tells the story of the "Grand Old Man of Baseball"—and the 1929 A's team that is unfairly overlooked in favor of the 1927 Yankees as baseball's greatest all-around team. This history is packed with photographs, notes and statistical appendices, and includes a foreword by The Sporting News writer Dave Kindred.

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Editorial Reviews

USA Today Sports Weekly
find out how Connie Mack's crew can stake a rightful claim as the greatest ever
Booklist
makes a compelling case for the proposition that Mack's 1929 A's were the best team of all time...fascinating historical background...dozens of black-and-white photos, extensive notes, and a great bibliography
Baseball Almanac
attractively produced, very well written, and will be a volume that every fan of baseball history will greatly enjoy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786405855
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/1999
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

SABR member William C. Kashatus is a professional historian at the Chester County Historical Society in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He is also a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. A regular contributor to the Philadelphia Daily News, he is also the author of Diamonds in the Coalfields (2002), Mike Schmidt (2000) and One-Armed Wonder (1995).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword 1
Introduction: The Legend of Connie Mack 5
Ch. 1 Philadelphia in the Roaring Twenties 17
Ch. 2 Rebuilding the A's, 1924-26 31
Ch. 3 Cobb Comes to Town, 1927 57
Ch. 4 Challenging the Yankees, 1928 79
Ch. 5 Revenge of the White Elephant, 1929 97
Ch. 6 The 1929 World Series 115
Ch. 7 Repeating, 1930 133
Ch. 8 Establishing a Dynasty, 1931 147
Ch. 9 Mack the Knife, 1932-35 159
Conclusion: What Happened to the '29 A's 171
Afterword 179
App. A Philadelphia Athletics Team Statistics, 1929-31 183
App. B World Series Statistics, 1929-31 187
App. C Philadelphia Athletics, 1929-31, vs. New York Yankees, 1926-28: A Statistical Comparison 193
Notes 197
Selected Bibliography 209
Index 212
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