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Connie Mack


1862 Born December 22 in East Brookfield, Massachusetts
1884 Joins professional Meriden team of Connecticut State League as catcher
1885 Plays for Hartford in Eastern League; traded to Washington of National League
1887 Marries Margaret Hogan on November 2; they will have three sons
1890 Joins Brotherhood of Professional Baseball Players in fighting for players' rights; revolt results in formation of Players' League
1890 Invests $500 savings in Buffalo team of Players' League; loses it all when league collapses
1892 Wife, Margaret, dies
1894 Becomes manager of Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League
1896 Is dismissed from Pittsburgh; accepts Ban Johnson's offer to manage the Milwaukee team in the Western League
1901 Buys minority interest in Milwaukee team and moves it to Philadelphia after Johnson renames league American League; team becomes the Philadelphia Athletics
1910 Athletics win first World Series and league pennant
1910 Marries Katherine Hallahan; they will have five children
1914 Facing financial difficulties, Mack sells or releases his star players, resulting in a seven-year losing streak for the Athletics
1926 Athletics play first Sunday game ever in Philadelphia, after Mack and Tom Shibe decide Sunday baseball is allowed and get court injunction to prevent police interference
1929 After Mack rebuilds the team, Athletics win league pennant and World Series; Mack is given the Edward W. Bok Prize
1930-31 Athletics win two more pennants and another World Series (1930)
1933 Great Depression forces Mack to again sell star players
1937 Becomes president and treasurer of Philadelphia Athletics, but team continues to lose
1937 Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1940 Acquires controlling interest in the Athletics from the Ben Shibe family for $42,000
1944 Voted favorite manager of sportswriters and players
1950 Mack retires from managing, at almost 88 years old; his sons take control of Athletics, although Mack remains president
1953 Shibe Park is renamed Connie Mack Stadium, in spite of Mack's objections
1954 Resigns as president of the Athletics, at age 92; sons persuade him to sign from his sickbed for the sale of the Athletics to Arnold M. Johnson of Chicago
1955 Johnson moves Athletics to Kansas City, Missouri
1956 Mack dies on February 8, at age 93, at daughter's home in Germantown, Pennsylvania

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