A 1938 Advertisement printed in Cleveland newspapers for Connie Mack Day.
The Philadelphia Athletics manager was honored on June 19 in front of 20,000 fans at Cleveland Stadium. The ad listed every “star player developed by the grand old man of baseball.”
The baseball world pays tribute to that grand master of the National Game
President and Manager of the Athletics
Connie Mack’s major league career dates back to 1886–52 years ago.
He became an American League manager in 1900 and had served as manager of the Athletics from 1901 to date–the longest record of continuous managerial service in the entire history of the sport.
He has to his credit nine American League pennants (1902, 1905, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1914, 1929, 1930, 1931) and five world championships (1910, 1911, 1913, 1929, 1930).
The list of star players discovered and developed by him is a tremendous honor roll to his credit.
His city has awarded him the $10,000 annual award for outstanding performance to the credit of Philadelphia.
A kindlier man never lived. A greater baseball strategist never lived. We do ourselves credit to honor this great sportsman and gentleman.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer said Mack was presented with “a handsomely bound leather book in which were the signatures of every person in organized baseball from Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis down to the greenest rookie in the West Texas-New Mexico League.” Cleveland’s baseball writers also presented Mack with an engraved gold pencil.
The Plain Dealer and The Cleveland News both noted that when Mack addressed the crowd he added an “n” to Indians president Alva Bradley’s first name; The Plain Dealer said:
“Mr. Mack always had a tough time with names of his friends and players. For years he has called ‘Lefty’ Grove ‘Groves’ and Lou Gehrig “Garridge.’ In fact he never has attempted to call his second baseman, (Dario) Lodigiani, anything but ‘Lodi’ for this season.”
The league-leading Indians beat Mack’s Athletics 5 to 4.