The "Tall Tactician" is celebrated with this framed display lot of (2). Connie Mack (d.1956) started playing baseball as a youth when Ulysses S. Grant was president and he was still in the game as a nonagenarian when Dwight D. Eisenhower took office. As a player and a manager, the longtime Philadelphia Athletics owner appeared in roughly 8,400 Major League games. Any debate over unbreakable records can be settled by Mr. Mack's totals for both wins and losses as a manager, which are close to 4,000 games for each column and nobody has ever come close to his numbers.
Leading off for this pair of Mack related treasures, is an 8 x 5-1/2" typed letter signed, framed to overall dimensions of 16x18, along with a newspaper clipping. This twice-folded letter is typed on "American Base Ball Club of Philadelphia" letterhead, with Mack noted as the team manager at top right and B.F. Shibe noted as the team president at top left. Ben Shibe was one of the original owners of the A's and remained so until his death in 1922, indicating this letter predates the year of his demise. Though one of the vertical folds passes through the letter "C" in the name "Connie", Mack's precise signature still projects ("7") potency, more than a hundred years after its application and with deference to the folds, this letter presents handsomely. The clipping positioned at bottom is an obituary for minor league ballplayer Herbert R. Longacre, who is listed under "Longacre" only on the Baseball Reference site, without his given name. Longacre played for five teams, the last of which was the 1919 Reading Coal Barons. Longacre's two-year career as a professional ballplayer narrows the window of origin for this letter to c.1918-1919. Auction LOA from JSA.
The second part of this historic tandem, is an oversized photo captioned "Connie Mack's 90th Birthday, Philadelphia Reciprocity Club, Warwick Hotel, Nov. 19, 1952". This 16 x 8-1/4" photo appears to be in excellent condition with distinct images of the attendees, and it is framed to overall dimensions of 20x12. Mack is seen wearing a bow tie, seated in front of the two-row dais near the top-center area of this photo, which is credited "Bell Photo Phila. A-3-PA".
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