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My 66 Years in the Big Leagues; The Great Story of America's National Game

Mack, Connie

Published by The John C. Winston Company, Philadelphia, 1950
Condition: Good Soft cover
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[8], 87, [1] pages. Illustrations. Format is approximately 11 inches by 8 inches. With Official Photographs from the Mack Family and from other authentic sources. Cover has wear, soiling, scuffing, corner creases and scratches. Pencil erasure residue on half-title. Includes "Tribute to a Great American" by Francis Trevelyan Miller. Includes several pages of Baseball High Lights at the last few pages: Firsts in Baseball, National Baseball Hall of Fame, Organization of America's National Game, with leagues and teams, and American Legion Roll of Honor. Cornelius McGillicuddy (December 22, 1862 - February 8, 1956), better known as Connie Mack, was an American professional baseball player, manager, and team owner. The longest-serving manager in Major League Baseball history, he holds records for wins (3,731), losses (3,948), and games managed (7,755), with his victory total being almost 1,000 more than any other manager. Mack managed the Philadelphia Athletics for the club's first 50 seasons of play, starting in 1901, before retiring at age 87 following the 1950 season, and was at least part-owner from 1901 to 1954. He was the first manager to win the World Series three times, and is the only manager to win consecutive Series on separate occasions (1910-11, 1929-30); his five Series titles remain the third most by any manager, and his nine American League pennants rank second in league history. However, constant financial struggles forced repeated rebuilding of the roster, and Mack's teams also finished in last place 17 times. Mack was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937. Beginning in 1886, Mack played 10 seasons in the National League and one in the Players' League, for a total of 11 seasons in the major leagues, almost entirely as a catcher. Mack's 50-year tenure as Athletics manager is the most ever for a coach or manager with the same team in North American professional sports, and has never been seriously threatened. He was unable to handle the post-World War II changes in baseball, including the growing commercialization of the game. His business style was no longer viable in post-World War II America due to various factors, including the increased expense of running a team. For instance, he never installed a telephone line between the bullpen and dugout. The Philadelphia stadium, originally called Shibe Park, was renamed Connie Mack Stadium in 1953. Starting in 1909, it was home to the Athletics, and starting 1938, it was also home to the Phillies, then from 1955 to 1970 was home to the Phillies alone, after the Athletics moved to Kansas City. In addition to his Hall of Fame election in 1937, in 2008, Connie Mack was the first person inducted into the New York City-based Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame. He is mentioned in the poem Line-Up for Yesterday by Ogden Nash. Francis Trevelyan Miller (1877-1959) was an American writer and filmmaker. He is known for his books about exploration, travel and photography. Notable works from him including several books about the American Civil War, such as The Photographic History of the Civil War, in Ten Volumes (New York: The Review of Reviews Co., 1912). Another of his significant works is "History of WWII: Armed Services Memorial Edition." He has also made several feature films and wrote the screenplay for the 1919 film Deliverance about Helen Keller. In 1955 his photograph of children at a Chicago funfair was selected by Edward Steichen for MoMA's world-touring The Family of Man exhibition. First Edition [stated]. Presumed first printing. Authorized Edition [stated]. Bookseller Inventory # 72670

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Title: My 66 Years in the Big Leagues; The Great ...

Publisher: The John C. Winston Company, Philadelphia

Publication Date: 1950

Binding: Wraps

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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