228 NINE Vol. 24.1–2 accounts of many of Mack’s bargain basement acquisitions who often were barely worth what he paid for them. Dee Miles, Bob Dillinger, Jesse Flores, and Bob Hooper are hardly household names, but they each played multiple years for the Athletics when the team was at its low ebb. But, then, there is the story Lou Brissie, a promising lefthander who nearly lost a leg to an artillery shell explosion in the war, but determinedly made himself recover and pitch in the majors, with Connie Mack backing him every inch of the way. Of course, even when the A’s stunk, they had some great players, and the likes of Bobby Schantz, George Kell, Ferris Fain, and Billy Werber graced the lineup and pro- vided informative and amusing copy for the book. But Macht’s most satisfying contribution is his success in letting the reader know of Connie Mack the individual, who quietly provided jobs to friends and family members who needed work, signed autographs for kids even when he didn’t have to and, despite occasional bursts of temper in the dugout at players (particularly pitchers) who had flopped in a particular game, was remembered by many as
NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Dec 19, 2017
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