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In i The Grand Old Man of Baseball i Norman L Macht chronicles Connie Mack s tumultuous final two decades in baseball After Mack had built one of baseball s greatest teams the Philadelphia Athletics the Depression that followed the stock market crash fundamentally reshaped Mack s legacy as his team struggled on the field and at the gate Among the challenges Mack faced a sharp drop in attendance that forced him to sell his star players the rise of the farm system which he was slow to adopt the opposition of other owners to night games which he favored the postwar integration of baseball which he initially opposed a split between the team s heirs Mack s sons Roy and Earle on one side their half brother Connie Jr on the other that tore apart the family and forced Mack to choose unwisely between them and finally the disastrous seasons in which Roy and Earle ran the club to the brink of bankruptcy br By now aged and mentally infirm Mack watched in bewilderment as the business he had built fell apart Broke and in debt Roy and Earle feuded over the sale of the team In a never before revealed series of maneuvers Roy double crossed his father and brother and the team was sold and moved to Kansas City in In Macht s third volume of his trilogy on Mack he describes the physical mental and financial decline of Mack s final years which unfortunately became a classic American tragedy, No description available, No description available, The Philadelphia Athletics dominated the first fourteen years of the American League winning six pennants through under the leadership of their founder and manager Connie Mack But beginning in where volume in Norman L Macht s biography picks up the story Mack s teams fell from pennant winners to last place and in an unprecedented reversal of fortunes stayed there for seven years World War I robbed baseball of young players and Mack s rebuilding efforts using green youngsters of limited ability made his teams the objects of public ridicule br At the age of fifty nine and in the face of widespread skepticism and seemingly insurmountable odds Connie Mack reasserted his genius remade the A s and rose again to the top even surpassing his earlier success Baseball biographer and historian Macht recreates what may be the most remarkable chapter in this larger than life story He shows us the man and his time and the game of baseball in all its nitty gritty glory of the s and how Connie Mack built the champions of Foxx Simmons Cochrane Grove Earnshaw Miller Haas Bishop Dykes a team many consider baseball s greatest ever