Earle Mack

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Earle Thaddeus Mack
born Earle Thaddeus McGillicuddy

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Biographical Information[edit]

The son of Hall of Fame manager Connie Mack, Earle Mack had several cups of coffee as a player on his father's Philadelphia Athletics team. He also played twelve seasons in the minors, usually as a player-manager. He was an A's coach from 1924 to 1950, serving as interim manager for a time in 1937 and 1939. It was assumed that he would succeed his father as manager of the Athletics when he finally retired, but instead, it was Jimmy Dykes who took over. The move was the result of a front office putsch orchestrated by his younger half-brother, Connie Mack Jr. and the Shibe-MacFarland family who were minority shareholders.

Mack was a part-owner of the Athletics, having been issued shares by his father alongside his younger brother Roy Mack and his half-brother Connie Jr. His position on the board was always to support his father, even when he became clearly too old to run the club properly. When it became obvious that the club needed to be sold in 1954, he let his brother Roy handle the matter, took his earnings from the sale of the club to Arnold Johnson and retired from baseball, investing his money in other businesses.

Preceded by
Connie Mack
Philadelphia Athletics Manager
Succeeded by
Connie Mack
Preceded by
Connie Mack
Philadelphia Athletics Manager
Succeeded by
Connie Mack

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1913 Raleigh Capitals North Carolina State League 60-53 3rd none none
1914 Raleigh Capitals North Carolina State League 52-68 4th none none
1915 Raleigh Capitals North Carolina State League 63-57 3rd none none
1917 Charlotte Hornets North Carolina State League 20-16 2nd none League ceased operations on May 30
Hanover Raiders Blue Ridge League 36-24 -- none none replaced Monte Cross on June 3 /
replaced by Buck Elliott
1920 Moline Plowboys Three-I League 69-70 4th none none
1921 Moline Plowboys Three-I League 78-55 1st none none League Champs
1922 Moline Plowboys Three-I League 49-89 8th none none
1923 Martinsburg Blue Sox Blue Ridge League 67-30 1st none none League Champs
1937 Philadelphia Athletics American League 15-17 7th replaced Connie Mack (39-80) on September 4
1939 Philadelphia Athletics American League 30-60 7th replaced Connie Mack (25-37) on June 29

Further Reading[edit]

  • Robert D. Warrington: "Departure Without Dignity: The Athletics Leave Philadelphia", The Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Vol. 39, Number 2 (Fall 2010), pp. 95-115.

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