CONNIE MACK AUTOGRAPH
Cornelius Alexander Mack was born December 22, 1862 – died February 8, 1956. Mack was born Cornelius Alexander McGillicuddy, was an American professional baseball player, manager, and team owner. Considered one of the greatest managers in Major League Baseball history, he holds records for wins, losses, and games managed. He managed the Philadelphia Athletics for 50 consecutive seasons. Besides his five World Series wins and nine American League pennants, Mack’s teams also finished last 17 times. Born in East Brookfield, Massachusetts to Irish immigrants, Mack was a journeyman catcher who played 11 seasons in the National League beginning in 1886, the last three as a player-manager with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1894 to 1896. In 1901, he became manager, general manager and part owner of the fledgling American League’s Philadelphia Athletics. When New York Giants manager John McGraw called the Athletics “a white elephant nobody wanted,” Mack adopted a white elephant as the team’s logo, which the Athletics have used for all but a few years since. He also cut a distinctive figure himself with his personal rejection of wearing a team uniform in favour of a business suit, tie and fedora. He later became a full partner with Athletics owner Ben Shibe. Under an agreement with Shibe, Mack had full control over baseball matters while Shibe handled the business side. When Shibe died in 1922, his sons took over management of the business side. When the last of Shibe’s sons died in 1936, Mack became the full owner.
Original Connie Mack Autograph signed on a pale pink card stock. Dated 1931. Approx. size 2 1/2 x 3 7/8 inches. Regular Price – $ 1399.99 / Sale Price – $ 395.00.
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