Connie Mack and the Early Years of Baseball by Norman L. Macht

By Norman L. Macht

Connie Mack (1862–1956) used to be the Grand outdated guy of baseball and one of many game’s first actual celebrities. This e-book, spanning the 1st fifty-two years of Mack’s existence, via 1914, covers his stories as participant, supervisor, and membership proprietor and should stand because the definitive biography of baseball’s such a lot mythical and cherished figure.  Norman L. Macht chronicles Mack’s little-known beginnings. He tells how Mack, a faculty dropout at fourteen, created concepts for profitable baseball and ideas for handling males lengthy earlier than there have been notions of defining such matters. And he information how Mack, a key determine within the launching of the yankee League in 1901, received six of the league’s first fourteen pennants whereas serving as supervisor, treasurer, normal supervisor, touring secretary, and public kin and scouting director (all even as) for the Philadelphia Athletics. This ebook brings to existence the unruly origins of baseball as a game and a company. It additionally presents the 1st entire and actual photograph of a personality who was once better than existence and but little identified: the tough, rule-bending catcher; the peppery box chief and fan favourite; the hot-tempered younger supervisor. Illustrated with kinfolk pictures by no means sooner than released, it provides designated perception right into a colourful character who assisted in shaping baseball as we all know it this day. (20071126)

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It made the low-crown jobs worn by the local blades look like dumplings on a dish. If he wore one of those high crowns, Connie mused, he would be the fashion king of the Brookfields. Connie had never been to Boston. He decided that was the only place he was likely to find such a hat, so he rode the train to the city. Gazing up at the tall buildings as he pushed through the crowded streets, he kept glancing down at the shops until he found one with a grand display of highcrown derbies in the window.

They used a flat bat and a ball made of cotton or rags covered with cloth or leather. “Later on when I grew a little older and taller, we began to play a game much nearer the game of baseball and less like cricket. ” Connie was nine when he began working summers in the Brookfield Manufacturing Company cotton mill. He operated a creaky old freight elevator, ran errands, and carried material from one part of the factory to another. He had an affable, polite disposition and was quick and bright. Everybody liked him.

Michael Jr. ” What Michael remembered was a telegram, not a letter, the first the family had ever seen. Nervously, Connie tore open the yellow envelope and read, “Come on at once. B. ” “Cornelius opened it,” Michael Jr. said, “read it and then passed it to his mother and father. ’” It’s doubtful that there was any more family discussion about it, and maybe not even that much. His father could not have talked him into or out of anything even if he tried, and Connie’s future did not depend on his father’s approval.

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