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Connie Mack

The Turbulent and Triumphant Years, 1915-1931

By Norman L. Macht

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Format: Hardback, 720 pages
Other Information: 39 illustrations
Published In: United States, 01 April 2012
The Philadelphia Athletics dominated the first fourteen years of the American League, winning six pennants through 1914 under the leadership of their founder and manager, Connie Mack. But beginning in 1915, where volume 2 in Norman L. Macht's biography picks up the story, Mack's teams fell from pennant winners to last place and, in an unprecedented reversal of fortunes, stayed there for seven years. World War I robbed baseball of young players, and Mack's rebuilding efforts using green youngsters of limited ability made his teams the objects of public ridicule. At the age of fifty-nine and in the face of widespread skepticism and seemingly insurmountable odds, Connie Mack reasserted his genius, remade the A's, and rose again to the top, even surpassing his earlier success. Baseball biographer and historian Macht recreates what may be the most remarkable chapter in this larger-than-life story. He shows us the man and his time and the game of baseball in all its nitty-gritty glory of the 1920s, and how Connie Mack built the 1929-1931 champions of Foxx, Simmons, Cochrane, Grove, Earnshaw, Miller, Haas, Bishop, Dykes-a team many consider baseball's greatest ever.

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How Connie Mack built a team many consider baseball's greatest ever.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 000Introduction 0001. The Federal League Goes to Court 0002. Battle of the Bullheads 0003. Starting Over 0004. Courage and Convictions 0005. The McGillicuddys at Home 0006. A Different Kind of War 0007. Cutting Back 0008. 1918 0009. The Soldiers' Return 00010. Big Business--Big Fight 00011. The Babe Ruth Era Begins 00012. Judge Landis Presiding 00013. The Twenties' Curtain Goes Up 00014. Out of the Basement 00015. On the Rise 00016. "Hey, Big Spender" 00017. Johnson v. Landis 00018. Fort Myers 00019. In the Race Again 00020. Here Come the Yankees 00021. Mr. Speaker and Mr. Cobb 00022. Struck by Lightning 00023. The Good Fight 00024. Back on Top 00025. World Champions 00026. Shibe Park and the Neighborhood 00027. A's Win; World Loses 00028. 1930 World Series 00029. Baseball's Greatest Team? 00030. 1931 World Series 00031. Mr. Mack 000Acknowledgments 000Index 000

About the Author

Norman L. Macht is the author of more than thirty books, including Connie Mack and the Early Years of Baseball (available in a Nebraska Paperback).

Reviews

"I can't think of a better match between biographer and subject. Like the man he continues to so capably chronicle, Norman Macht is astute, authoritative, and meticulous. If you want to learn about twentieth-century baseball, you'll have to read this book. The best part is that you'll want to." Tom Swift, author of Chief Bender's Burden

EAN: 9780803220393
ISBN: 0803220391
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 centimetres (1.21 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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