Connie Mack

Birthdate 12/22/1862
Death Date 2/8/1956
Debut Year 1894
Year of Induction 1937
Teams Athletics
Positions Manager, Owner

Connie Mack holds the MLB record for most wins by a manager. John McGraw is 2nd and would need to be undefeated for 6+ years to match him.

In the collection:

Handwritten letter from January 29, 1932

Handwritten letter from January 29, 1932

Connie Mack began his managerial career in 1894. By the time he retired in 1950, his teams had won nine pennants and five World Series championships. In the collection is a handwritten letter from Mack from January 29, 1932. Mack responds to an autograph collector and neatly signs his name at the bo
Autographed envelope from the letter

Autographed envelope from the letter

The autograph collector requested that Mack sign the envelope. Mack barely obliged, writing, “Your letter arrived with many others and as I opened each letter, destroyed the envelope.” Mack ends his letter with an apology, saying, “Sorry of course that wasn’t more careful in handling your letter.” Mack
Quick note from Mack during the off season

Quick note from Mack during the off season

Mack responds to another autograph collector in this undated note, apparently written after the conclusion of a baseball season. “Boys are all away – will have to wait until next Spring for autographs, Mack”. At least the collector received this note from Mack which has 
Connie Mack and his Athletics slugger Jimmie Foxx chat at Cooperstown

Connie Mack and his Athletics slugger Jimmie Foxx chat at Cooperstown

Connnie Mack and Jimmie Foxx spent eleven seasons together in Philadelphia with the Athletics. In this photo the two share a conversation outside of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. During their time together, the Athletics won 90 or more games six times in a season, capping it of
Mack and his slugger Jimmie Foxx chat at Cooperstown, New York

Mack and his slugger Jimmie Foxx chat at Cooperstown, New York

This example is signed by Double-X, Jimmie Foxx who appears to have a cigar in his hand for the occasion. Foxx enjoyed his greatest success while playing for Mack and the Philadelphia Athletics. During the 11-year run which included 8 years of 100 or more games, Foxx his .339 with 302 homers and 1,
Connie Mack was Bobby Shantz' first big league manager

Connie Mack was Bobby Shantz' first big league manager

When Bobby Shantz broke into the big leagues in 1949 he was under the command of legendary manager Connie Mack. The Tall Tactician held the reigns of his Philadelphia Athletics from their inception as one of the American League’s original franchises in 1901 until 1950. Two years after Mack ret
Doc Cramer played for Mack from 1929-35 & called him

Doc Cramer played for Mack from 1929-35 & called him "probably the best manager in baseball"

An outstanding outfielder from 1929-1948, Roger “Doc” Cramer played his first seven big league seasons under the watchful eye of Connie Mack with the Philadelphia Athletics. During his time with the Athletics, Cramer hit .308 and led the league in at bats in each of his three seasons as
Outfielder Dick Adams recalls Connie Mack was

Outfielder Dick Adams recalls Connie Mack was "past his prime" by 1947, his 50th year as manager

Dick Adams enjoyed an 11-year career as a professional baseball player. Connie Mack was Adams’ skipper when the outfielder debuted with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1947. By that time Mack was 84 years old, in his 50th year as a manager, and according to Adams in the above questionnaire ̶

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