Mack, Connie

Cornelius Alexander Mack
Born: December 22, 1862, East Brookfield, Massachusetts
Died: February 8, 1956, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Played For: 
Washington - NL (1886-1889), Buffalo - Players League (1892-1893), Pittsburgh Pirates (1894-1896)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1937

Connie Mack was once a catcher, but made his mark as a manager. After a stint at the helm of Pittsburgh, he assumed control of the Philadelphia Athletics in 1901 and continued for 50 years until retirement at the age of 88. The Tall Tactician, best remembered as a dignified, scorecard-waving leader in a business suit, won five World Series crowns and built two dynasties - with four pennants in five years from 1910 to 1914 and three in a row from 1929 to 1931. He holds the mark for wins (3,776) by a skipper.

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HOFers who reached their 90th birthday (pdf)

Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that when John McGraw called Connie Mack's Athletics a white elephant that no one else wanted, Mack adopted the pachyderm as his mascot, a symbol still used by the Oakland A's?
Connie entered the game when it was a game for roughnecks. He saw it become respectable, he lived to be a symbol of its integrity, and he enjoyed every minute of it.
sportswriter Red Smith