April 25, 2012
The Beginning of Baseball: Connie Mack
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 150 lb.
- Debut September 11, 1886
- Final Game August 29, 1896
- Born December 22, 1862 in East Brookfield, MA USA
- Died February 8, 1956 in Philadelphia, PA USA
- Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1937
Connie Mack was a catcher with the Washington Nationals. Mack later became the longtime owner and manager of the Philadelphia Athletics. As the manager of the team, he always wore a suit while in the dugout. Before becoming a manger, Mack previously played eleven seasons in the major leagues, primarily as a catcher. He led the Players League in hit-by-pitch with 20 hits in 1890. Although, Mack later managed for the Philadelphia Athletics, he never played in the major leagues for Philadelphia. Instead, he played for the Washington Nationals, the Buffalo Bisons and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Before managing the Philadelphia Athletics, he managed the Pirates. He also managed Milwaukee for four seasons in the minors. He then became manager of the Athletics in 1901. In 1937, he became team President of the Philadelphia Athletics. Mack, at 87 became the oldest manager in major league history. He also holds the managerial record for most seasons (53), games (7,755), wins (3,731), losses (3,948), and tenure with one club (50 seasons, 1901-1950).
His Philadelphia Athletics team would win the World Series five times. His team won the American League pennant eight times from 1905 to 1931. From1929-1931 he managed players such as Lefty Grove, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, Mickey Cochrane and Max Bishop. The Great Depression hurt Mack financially and he was forced to sell many of his star players to meet other expenses. Mack lost control over the board of the Athletics, and later Jimmy Dykes would to succeed Mack as manager. Meanwhile, Mack had been grooming his son Earlefor four years to take over his job.
Bucky Harris, Washington Nationals baseball club manager, with Connie Mack, Philadelphia Athletics manager.
Connie Mack was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on December 7, 1937. Mack’s career as a manager would continue for 13 more years after being inducted in the Hall of Fame. Mack's son, Earle Mack, became a major league player, coach, and manager like his dad. Roy Mack, his second son, became a senior executive with the Philadelphia Athletics. His third son, Connie Mack Jr., became the Athletics' President. Mack Jr. later moved to Florida where his grandson and great grandson served as members of Congress, representing Florida.