Connie Mack and the Early Years of Baseball (Google eBook)

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U of Nebraska Press, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 743 pages
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Connie Mack was the Grand Old Man of baseball. This book, spanning first fifty-two years of Mack's life, covers his experiences as player, manager, and club owner. It tells how Mack, a school dropout at fourteen, created strategies for winning baseball and principles for managing men long before there were notions of defining such subjects.
  

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User Review  - BooksForDinner - LibraryThing

Very good. Macht assumes a lot and fills in the blanks a lot, but this isn't a history monograph. However, a great deal of real research went into this work, and the author bases the work on chiefly ... Read full review

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Cornelius McGillicuddy ... A's god Read full review

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Contents

1 Growing up in East Brookfield
7
2 The Young Catcher
18
3 A Rookie in Meriden
29
4 The Bones Battery
39
5 From Hartford to Washington
44
6 Life in the Big Leagues
52
7 Mr and Mrs Connie Mack
60
8 Jumping with the Brotherhood
67
27 Connie Macks First Pennant
282
28 Signing a Treaty
302
29 The Profits of Peace
308
30 The Macks of Philadelphia
325
31 The First Official World Series
336
32 Rebuilding Begins
359
33 We Wuz Robbed
378
34 Connie Macks Baseball School
406

9 The Players League
73
10 Uncertainties of Life and Baseball
84
11 Connie Mack Manager
95
12 The TerribleTempered Mr Mack
108
13 Fired
120
14 Milwaukee
131
15 Working the System
146
16 Learning How to Handle Men
159
17 Marching Behind Ban Johnson
166
18 Launching the New American League
184
19 The City of Brotherly Love and Uncle Ben Shibe
194
20 Columbia Park and The Athaletics
204
21 Raiding the National League
209
22 The Bullfrogs
220
23 The Uniqueness of Napoleon Lajoie
227
24 Winning the Battle of Philadelphia
232
25 A Staggering Blow
259
26 Schreck and the Rube and the White Elephant
270
35 Shibe Park
421
36 Connies Kids Graduate
434
37 World Champions
462
38 Mr and Mrs Connie Mack Part II
492
39 The 100000 Infield
498
40 The Home Run Baker World Series
517
41 Coasting Down to Third Place
545
42 Speaking of Money
564
43 Captain Hook
573
44 The Second Beating of John McGraw
586
45 Another Baseball War
603
46 The Athletics Win Another PennantHo Hum
614
47 Swept
630
48 The End of the Beginning
649
Epilogue
673
A Word About Sources
675
Index
677
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Page xiv - For the great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived, and dishonest — but the myth — persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.
Page 21 - Our experience with the national game of baseball has been sufficiently thorough to convince us that it was in the beginning a sport unworthy of men and that it is now, in its fully developed state, unworthy of gentlemen.
Page 22 - Salaries must come down or the interest of the public must be increased in some way. If one or the other does not happen, bankruptcy stares every team in the face.

About the author (2007)

Norman L. Macht is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and the author of more than thirty books, including biographies of Rowdy Richard (with Dick Bartell) and Rex Barney's Thank Youuuu (with Rex Barney).

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