Fred Lieb’s biography of Connie Mack was originally published in 1945 as part of the celebrated series published by G. P. Putnam. Known for their lively prose and engaging narratives, these Putnam books have become prized collectibles among baseball readers and historians.
Cornelius McGillicuddy Sr., better known as Connie Mack, was a professional baseball player, manager, and team owner. He was a catcher for the Washington Nationals, Buffalo Bisons, and Pittsburgh Pirates. His last three seasons as a player-manager were with the Pittsburgh Pirates, after which he devoted his time exclu- sively to managing.
The longest-serving manager in Major League Baseball, Mack holds records for the most wins, losses, and games managed. He managed the Pittsburgh Pirates for five years (1894–1899) and then managed the Philadelphia Athletics for the club’s first fifty seasons before retiring following the 1950 season. In addition to his managing duties, he was part-owner of the Athletics from 1901 to 1936 and sole owner until 1954. Among his achievements, Mack was the first manager to win the World Series three times (1910, 1911, and 1913) and is the only manager to have won consecutive Series on two separate occasions (1910 and 1911 and 1929 and 1930). His five Series titles remain the third most by any manager. However, constant financial struggles forced repeated building of the Athletics’ roster, and Mack’s teams also finished last seventeen times. Connie Mack was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937.
Connie Mack: Grand Old Man of Baseball is filled with intimate glimpses of Mack and of the players he managed over the years. Mack and his teams always gave Athletics fans a great showand readers can relive the excitement in this facsimile reprint of Frederick G. Lieb’s classic biography.
About the Author
Frederick G. Lieb wrote seven of the team histories for the Putnam Series. In 1973 he became one of the first living baseball writers elected to the writers’ wing of the Hall of Fame. He was the writer who first described Yankee Stadium as the “House that Ruth Built.”
Table of Contents
Foreword Richard "Pete" Peterson ix
I Our Hero Arrives in East Brookfield 3
II Meriden Engages McGillicudd 12
III Next Stop: Hartford 9
Iv Bones Battery Goes to Washington 24
V Connie Goes Radical 32
VI Mack Becomes a Pirate 35
VII A 22-1 Inaugural 42
VIII McGillicuddy Meets Ban Johnson 49
IX Snares Rube in Punxsutawney 55
X Ban's Dream Comes to Reality 61
XI There Always Were Athletics 68
XII AJudicial Thunderbolt 75
xIII A Training Trip in Jaxp83
XIV White Elephants Win Again 91
XV A's Get Tossed Out on Ear 101
XVI Silk's Decision Costs a Flag 109
XVII Columbia Eddie Goes to Second 117
XVII Mack Opens a New Temple 122
XIX A Great Champion 129
XX Another Joyful Year 146
XXI Connie's "Greatest" Team 161
XXII A Season of Travail 173
xxiii Seven Bitter Years 184
XXIV Going Up! 198
XXV Ty Cobb Joins Connie's Colors 211
XXVI Happy Days Are Here Again 220
XXVII Pennants, but not Plenty 232
XXVIII Going Down! 248
XXIX Riding the Bumps Again 256
XXX Still Going Strong at Eighty-two 271
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