Connie Mack

Connie Mack
Birthdate 12/22/1862
Death Date 2/8/1956
Debut Year 1894
Year of Induction 1937
Teams Athletics, Pirates, Washington Nationals (1890s)
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.

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In 1929 Connie Mack made one of the boldest moves in World Series history

In 1929 Connie Mack made one of the boldest moves in World Series history

While managing the Philadelphia Athletics in 1929, Connie Mack made a gutsy move that helped pave the way for a World Series title. Mack’s squad was stacked with Hall of Fame talent.The offense boasted Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Mickey Cochrane. On the hill the Athletics were led by the le
Mack explained why he had the pitcher stay home while the team went on the road

Mack explained why he had the pitcher stay home while the team went on the road

Shown here is page two of the historical letter from Hall of Fame manager Connie Mack to Howard Ehmke. Mack explains to his pitcher why he told him to stay home when the team went on the road. Included here is the final sentence of the first page and the text from the second. “I have come to the
Manager Mack gave pitcher Ehmke two choices in the form of an ultimatum

Manager Mack gave pitcher Ehmke two choices in the form of an ultimatum

Here is the transcription of the third of four pages in the letter between Philadelphia manager Connie Mack and his pitcher Howard Ehmke. Mack details a plan for Ehmke to return in the form of an ultimatum. “You have been pitching a good many years and the past few years you have not worked in m
Mack writes to Ehmake, 'if you feel it's better to remain at home, do so'

Mack writes to Ehmake, 'if you feel it's better to remain at home, do so'

Five-time World Series winner Connie Mack does not mince words with Howard Ehmke in page four of the letter. The transcription below lays it on the line for the pitcher. “If after giving the matter plenty of thought and your decision is that you can do as outlined and help the club by working one
Connie Mack chose an all-time team of greats in the 1940s

Connie Mack chose an all-time team of greats in the 1940s

Baseball writers at mid-century asked Connie Mack to select players from each position to form his all-time team. Mack seemed like the perfect man for the job – his 11-year National League playing career started in 1886 then he managed from 1894-1950. He had literally seen it all. Carstairs Wh
Connie Mack enjoyed six 90-win seasons with Jimmie Foxx

Connie Mack enjoyed six 90-win seasons with Jimmie Foxx

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
Jimmie Foxx had his greatest success under Connie Mack's guidance

Jimmie Foxx had his greatest success under Connie Mack's guidance

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 1,0
Connie Mack's managerial career spanned more than a half-century from 1894-1950

Connie Mack's managerial career spanned more than a half-century from 1894-1950

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. Here Mack responds to another autograph collector in this undated note, apparently written after the conclusion of a baseball season. “Boys are
Doc Cramer tallied more than half his career WAR with Mack and the Athletics

Doc Cramer tallied more than half his career WAR with Mack and the Athletics

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

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 ̶
In retirement, Connie Mack remained one of the most respected men in Philadelphia

In retirement, Connie Mack remained one of the most respected men in Philadelphia

Connie Mack managed for a big-league record 53-years. All but three of the seasons came with the Philadelphia Athletics. He retired in 1950 with 3,731 career victories. No other skipper has as many as 3,000 wins. He left the game as one of the most respected figures in baseball. With his stature, Ma

Stories about Connie Mack

Bill James called Connie Mack’s move in the 1929 World Series, “the most brilliant managerial stratagem in the history of baseball”

October 12th, 2022 Leave a comment

howard ehmke connie mack

Connie Mack’s 1929 Philadelphia Athletics were one of the greatest teams in baseball history. With a lineup that included Hall of Famers Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Cochrane, and Al Simmons, they finished 18 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Yankee team that won 6 of the previous 8 American League pennants. The Athletics pitching staff boasted a pair of aces with the left-right combination of 20-game winner Lefty Grove and 24-game winner George Earnshaw. For good measure, Mack’s #3 starter Rube Walberg had 18 wins of his own. On May 12th Philadelphia moved into a first-place tie with the Yankees and never relinquished the top spot. By the end of the month the A’s were five games up. Their lead swelled to 10 1/2 games on August 1st behind Earnshaw’s 17th win of the season. The margin remained at double digits the rest of the way. As Philadelphia cruised toward the AL pennant, the Cubs did the same in the National League. When Charlie Root shut down the Giants at the Polo Grounds on August 21st, the Cubs’ lead stretched to 10 1/2 games and never diminished. The two teams were on a collision course for the World Series. An aging […]

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A white elephant? The Athletics turned an insult into a a team logo in 1902

September 15th, 2021 Leave a comment

Connie Mack White Elephant

Today the Oakland Athletics sport a white elephant on their uniform. They also use the pale pachyderm in sales and marketing.

What is the link between the A’s and a white elephant?

It all began because of a feud at the dawn of a new century during the inception of the American League.

John McGraw, Ban Johnson, and Connie Mack – Cooperstown men all – were at the center of the battle. What could’ve been a debacle is today an enduring part of baseball history.

America’s National Pastime has a long and glorious history separates it from every other North American sport.

Enjoy the article that links three baseball titans to the present day.

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One response to “Connie Mack”

  1. Chas yasterzemski says:

    I acquired a small white elephant from the sportswriter of America dinner at the Astor hotel in New York to celebrate the Athletics WS victory over the Giants, it’s rumored to be one of only 5 examples known to exist out of 200 given out. taken from the Barry Halper collection, and in the best condition of all known examples, are there any pictures of that dinner with the elephant shown

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