On this day in baseball...
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I received the following from the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society:
CONNIE MACK IS GONE FIFTY YEARS
by Max Silberman
February 8, 1956: A sad day for baseball fans. Connie Mack passes away at the age of 93.
A man born during the Civil War, born the son of Irish immigrants became the most dominant figure the game of baseball had known.
Connie Mack entered this world in East Brookfield, MA on either December 22 or 23, 1862. No one really knew his true birthday as he was born just prior to midnight or just past it.
In 1886 he became a catcher for the Washington National Leaguers, moving to Buffalo in 1891 and Pittsburgh in 1891 where he would both play and manage until 1895.
In 1901 the American League was formed and Connie Mack assumed the role of manager which he would hold for half a century before retiring after the 1950 season.
Over that fifty year period, he added to his ownership shares becoming a majority owner in the late 1930s.
His knowledge of the game was unequalled but he is also remembered as a true gentleman, a man of compassion and kindness and the man who guided the Athletics to 9 pennants and 5 World's Championships. The first pennant came in 1902 and since the World Series had not yet begun, they might have had a 6th World Series victory!
When Connie Mack passed away fifty years ago this week, all of baseball and particularly Philadelphians felt a tremendous loss. May his memory live forever in the hearts and minds of A's fans everywhere.
| By rayfossefan on Wednesday, February 08, 2006 - 06:20 pm:|
wow that is a helluva lifetime. 1862 to 1956 - imagine how much the world changed during those years. from being born during the civil war to seeing the radio, tv, car, atomic bomb, antibiotics - 2 world wars - makes you wonder what the world - and baseball - will look like when we're all 93 (if we make it, let's hope so!!) - who could have imagined how the world would change... just like we can't really imagine how it will change in the future... i remember reading that we don't really have the ability to understand or comprehend something we've never seen before - or that has never existed in our reality - kind of like when the first natives in the Americas saw the first ships - and told their famalies - how could they form an image in their mind of something they'd never seen with their own eyes? ok... getting too deep here. i am bored. bring on the baseball
| By pachyderm on Thursday, February 09, 2006 - 11:31 am:|
Those guys at Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society have great website, hopefully I visited their museum once in my lifetime. I always like stories about Connie Mack because he was interesting guy. RFF, pitchers and catchers report to camp next week.