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

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

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

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


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. Mach'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 t the age of fifty-nine and in the face of widespread scepticism 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.


The following appeared in the January 1915 issue of the prestigious one-hundred-yearold literary magazine the North American Review:

The world-wide reputation which [Senator] Henry Cabot Lodge acquired some years ago as the Editor of this Review he is now regaining as the father-in-law of the Honorable [Congressman] Augustus Peabody Gardner, M. C. It is interesting, therefore, to note the following conversation as reported by [editor] Dr. St. Clair McKelway in the Brooklyn Eagle:

“You read the newspapers, don’t you?” asked Mr. Gardner.

“Certainly,” replied Senator Lodge.

“Do you read them thoroughly?”

“I believe I do.”

“Did you ever hear of Connie Mack?” inquired Mr. Gardner.

“Connie Mack?” repeated Mr. Lodge.

“Yes, Connie Mack.”

“You mean Norman Mack [onetime political power in New York],
don’t you?”

“I do not. I mean Connie Mack.”

“I do not think I ever heard of him,” replied Mr. Lodge, after a
period of thought.

“And still you assert that you read the newspapers thoroughly,”
remarked Mr. Gardner.

“But who is Connie Mack?” inquired the Senator.

“He is a person,” declared Mr. Gardner, impressively, “who is prob
ably better known to several millions of American citizens than Hen
ry Cabot Lodge.”

Although characteristically disrespectful, if not indeed, positively
unfilial on the part of August Peabody, we may not deny the approxi-

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