Connie Mack: Grand Old Man of Baseball

Connie Mack: Grand Old Man of Baseball

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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 show—and readers can relive the excitement in this facsimile reprint of Frederick G. Lieb’s classic biography.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612779447
Publisher: Kent State University Press
Publication date: 06/15/2012
Series: Writing Sports
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 3 MB

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

Preface xiii

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

Index 277

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