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Connie Mack

1904 Fan Craze - American League

Cornelius Alexander “Connie” Mack

Born: Cornelius Alexander McGillicuddy
Born: December 22, 1862 - East Brookfield, MA
Died: February 8, 1956 - Philadelphia, PA
Batted: RH
Threw: RH
Position: C/1B/OF
Career BA: .244
Managerial Record: 3,731–3948

Teams:
Washington Nationals NL (December 22, 1862 - February 8, 1956)
Buffalo Bisons PL (1890)
Pittsburgh Pirates NL (1891–1893; player-manager: 1894–1896)
Philadelphia Athletics AL (manager: 1901–1936, owner-manager: 1937–1950)

When it comes to the front office, Connie Mack is at the very front. Although his numbers are a bit deceiving, Cornelius McGillicuddy is considered the greatest manager of all time. His overall won-lost record is actually below .500, but keep in mind that Mack was forced to constantly tweak his teams and replenish his roster because of the organization’s financial turmoil. The fact remains that Connie Mack managed five World Series Champions, nine pennant winners, and more games than anyone in baseball history. Some of his Athletics teams were dynasties, and some were plain awful.

As a player, Mack was a good defensive catcher with an average bat. His managing career started in 1894 when he became player-manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He managed the Milwaukee Brewers in the Western League from 1897 to 1900, and then made the jump for good with the A’s in 1901 as manager and part-owner. Over the course of his managing career, Mack led some of the greatest players to ever don a uniform. Rube Waddell, Eddie Plank, the famous $100,000 infield of Home Run Baker, Jack Barry, Eddie Collins and Stuffy McInnis, as well as Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Cochrane, Lefty Grove and Al Simmons were some of the greats that played for Mack. Because of poor attendance, World War I, and the Great Depression, Mack had to dismantle several of his teams to maintain fiscal stability. Many of his teams wound up in the American League cellar, but Mack is still considered to be the best.

A gentleman as well as a players’ manager, he counseled, mentored, and respected his ballplayers. The “Tall Tactician” was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1937 but continued on with the A’s until 1950, racking up an MLB record 3,731 wins as a manager. At the age of 88, he finally called it quits. New rule changes, player salaries and personalities made it difficult to continue. He could no longer wear his customary suit in the dugout as the new rules mandated that a manager had to wear a uniform, and he was just too old and frail to lead his players. Some say that Connie Mack stayed on too long and the game passed him by. Others say he was the greatest manager of all time. One thing is certain; Connie Mack changed the face of our National Pastime.  

– Tom and Ellen Zappala, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players. For more information on their book and/or to order a copy at a special PSA discount, visit http://crackerjackplayers.com/PSA_order.html

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
2 MINT 9
2 MINT 9
3 NM-MT 8 (9)

Prices By Grade

1906 FAN CRAZE A.L. CONNIE MACK

Grade Most Recent Price Average Price SMR Price Population POP Higher
GEM - MT 10 2
MINT 9 $960.00 $960.00 $900.00 2 2
NM - MT 8 $600.00 $498.00 $400.00 9 4
NM 7 $275.00 2 13
EX - MT 6 $150.00 1 17
EX 5 $90.00 1 19
VG - EX 4 $50.00 1 20
VG 3 $35.00 21
GOOD 2 $20.00 2 23
FR 1.5 25
PR 1 $10.00 25
Auth 25

Auction Prices Realized

Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
09/16/2020 $600 8 283480733300 eBay bewitcher13 Best Offer 27218715
08/28/2020 $396 8 55037 Heritage Auctions Summer Sports Card Catalog Auction - Dallas Auction 12460793
08/07/2020 $960 9 30 Collect Auctions April 11, 2013: Sports & Americana Auction Auction 90454156
05/09/2019 $677 9 382931860009 eBay probstein123 Auction 90101767
03/27/2018 $450 8 253165653669 eBay mjhenr02 Buy It Now 27218715
03/09/2018 $270 6.5 401460210914 eBay benb51 Buy It Now 27215990
11/12/2017 $697 9 142562652827 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 90454156
11/11/2017 $1,350 10 100 Goldin Auctions 2017 October Legends Closing November 11 Auction 11982884
09/11/2017 $283 8 372066195503 eBay probstein123 Auction 27218715
08/09/2017 $785 9 401375289486 eBay pwcc_auctions Auction 90454156
08/06/2017 $840 9 192 Goldin Auctions Summer Premium Live and Catalog Auction Auction 90101767
03/05/2017 $1,160 10 74 Mile High Card Company March 2017 Auction 11982884
04/04/2013 $690 8 8 Greg Bussineau Auctions Spring 2013 Vintage Trading Cards and Memorabilia Auction Auction 18440486
01/27/2013 $454 7 41001 Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction Jan 27, 2013 Auction 20530244
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