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Connie Mack Biography by The Baseball Page

Connie Mack Biography by The Baseball Page

Cornelius Alexander McGillicuddy (The Tall Tactician)

    * 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 the longtime owner and manager of the Philadelphia Athletics. As manager, he always wore a suit in the dugout, instead of a uniform.

Mack had previously played eleven seasons in the major leagues, primarily as a catcher. He led the Players League in hit-by-pitch with 20. Although he later managed for decades in Philadelphia, he never played in the major leagues for Philadelphia, serving instead as a player for the Washington Nationals, the Buffalo Bisons and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

He got his start managing with the Pirates, and also managed four seasons in the minors with Milwaukee before beginning his Philadelphia managerial career in 1901, the first year that the new American League was a major league.

Mr. Mack - he was always Mr. Mack to his players - was the oldest manager in major league history (age 87). He also holds managerial records for seasons (53), games (7,755), wins (3,731), losses (3,948), and tenure with one club (50 seasons, 1901-50).

His Athletics teams would win the World Series five times. His teams won the pennant in 1905, 1910-11, 1913-14 and 1929-31. Between 1910-14 he had the services of the famous $100,000 infield, including Eddie Collins, while in 1929-31 he had players such as Lefty Grove, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, Mickey Cochrane and Max Bishop.

Many of Mack's managerial records are far ahead of second place. He managed 3,006 more games and won nearly 1,000 more games than the man in second place, John McGraw. He also had more than 1,600 more losses than the manager in second place.

He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on December 7, 1937 by the Centennial Commission. Even so, he would go on to manage for 13 more years.

His son, Earle Mack, was a major league player, coach, and manager. Mack's grandson and great grandson have both served as members of Congress, representing Florida.

    "To me, the name of Connie Mack always has been synonymous with baseball, standing for everything that is best for the game he loved." - Will Harridge

Notable Achievements

    * AL Pennants: 9 (1902, 1905, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1914 & 1929-1931)
    * Managed five World Series Champions with the Philadelphia Athletics (1910, 1911, 1913, 1929 & 1930)
    * 100 Wins Seasons as Manager: 5 (1910, 1911 & 1929-1931)
    * Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 1937

By BR Bullpen

 

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Baseball History, Buffalo Bisons, Earle Mack, Hall of Fame, MLB Owner, Philadelphia Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates, Players League, The Tall Tactician, Washington Nationals

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