Connie Mack and the Early Years of Baseball
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He was lauded by the churches, ministers used his career as sermon topics, he gave dignity and character to baseball. Macht is an outstanding advocate for Connie Mack, but not as great as a D. One of my favorite parts of this book is this observation about Mr. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. This is an excellent biography, perfectly able to stand next to those of great biographers such as David McCullough, Ron Chernow, Peter Ackroyd, Claire Tomalin or countless others.
It is a well written, well researched and highly detailed biography. It is also a joy to read. Connie Mack was a good, kind, dedicated baseball man who was loyal to the players under his charge. He treated everyone equally well. He was always willing to take a moment to respond to a hello on the street and personally answered all his mail. If you wanted to talk baseball, he might spend a few hours chatting with you.
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Getting to know him well is one of the great strengths of this book. Another charming aspect of the book is the many colorful characters the reader is introduced to--whether teammates of Mack's during his playing career, or players under him during his plus years of managing in the big leagues. The list is too lengthy to mention, but some of my favorites were Rube Waddell, the flame-throwing southpaw who just wouldn't grow up, and Gettysburg Eddie Plank, who pitched for Mack's Philadelphia Athletics for 14 years.
Plank was a tour guide at the Gettysburg battlefield during the off-season.
Generally considered an educated gentleman at a time when many players were rowdies, Mathewson twice signed contracts with teams in the American League, only to "jump" back to the National League Giants. He was also critical of his own teammates in print during the World's Series. Though this is the first in a three-volume series on Mack, it is a book that can easily stand by itself.
A superb biography of a good and great man. Bill Emblom Top Contributor: Author Norman Macht has provided the reader with an in-depth biography of Connie Mack, The Tall Tactician, from his childhood years of growing up in Massachusetts through the season in which his "Athaletics" were swept by George Stallings and his Miracle Braves in the World Series. The book contains pages of text, and it took me a week to pioneer my way through it. Author Macht assures us that we get to know Mack the player with Hartford and Washington prior to moving on to Pittsburgh and Milwaukee.
Mack feels that his move to Milwaukee was one of the best decisions he made regarding his baseball career. We also learn about baseball wars involving the Players' League and the Federal League each of which went about raiding the major leagues of their talent. We also are given a thorough understanding of Mr. Mack's personality in relation to his players and umpires. His temper could exhibit itself in a foul manner if the situation arose in regard to either one, but he generally had a reputation of treating both with respect. Mack did share one tidbit that has been illustrated by Branch Rickey as well.
Both of them have said that, although the goal is to win the pennant in your league prior to going on to the World Series, ideally it is better financially to stay in contention and finish second because if you win the pennant you end up having to pay your players more money. I did find one minor error in the book. Actually it is the reverse. I hope author Macht is continuing with his in-depth study of Connie Mack, and we can look forward to Part Two in the ongoing-saga in the life of one of the true pioneers of baseball.
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Connie Mack and the Early Years of Baseball by Norman L. Macht
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