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« on: January 27, 2021, 05:30:02 PM »

1. Who engineered the marginalization of 87 year old A's Mgr Connie Mack, Sr in the 1950 season?

2. When Connie Mack Sr. officially stepped down after the 1950 season, how many consecutive years had he managed?

3. The Indians won 111 games to win the AL pennant. Take a guess how many games behind the Indians the A's finished?

4. What A's player led the AL in HRs in 1951?

5. What A's pitcher won the AL MVP in 1952?

6. What A's player won batting championships in 1951 and 1952?

7. What AL owner was "persuaded" to change his vote to provide the A's with the 3/4 majority needed for a franchise move to KC for the '55 season?

8. What former A's Infielder threw out the first pitch when Oakland and the Phillies met in inter-league play in 2005.

9. Who once held the titles of A's President, General Manager and A's Chief Scout, all at the same time?

10. Name the 19 year old A's 1940 rookie who played with the team through 1954, when they departed for KC (he played for KC too)? Ran into a lot of walls.
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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2021, 09:36:49 PM »

1. Who engineered the marginalization of 87 year old A's Mgr Connie Mack, Sr in the 1950 season?

2. When Connie Mack Sr. officially stepped down after the 1950 season, how many consecutive years had he managed?

3. The Indians won 111 games to win the AL pennant. Take a guess how many games behind the Indians the A's finished?

4. What A's player led the AL in HRs in 1951?

5. What A's pitcher won the AL MVP in 1952?

6. What A's player won batting championships in 1951 and 1952?

7. What AL owner was "persuaded" to change his vote to provide the A's with the 3/4 majority needed for a franchise move to KC for the '55 season?

8. What former A's Infielder threw out the first pitch when Oakland and the Phillies met in inter-league play in 2005.

9. Who once held the titles of A's President, General Manager and A's Chief Scout, all at the same time?

10. Name the 19 year old A's 1940 rookie who played with the team through 1954, when they departed for KC (he played for KC too)? Ran into a lot of walls.

1.  Connie's 3 sons, Earle McGillicuddy (Mack), Roy, and Connie Mack, III

2. 57 years 1894-1896 Pittsburgh NL, 1897-98 Milwaukee Brewers (Western League), 1899-1900 Milwaukee Brewers (AL) (just a league name change) 1901-1950 Philadelphia Athletics

3. You didn't say what year, but that has to be 1954.  That has to be one of the very farthest behind a team ever was (Likely THE farthest behind).  the A's lost more than 100 games (102 or 103).  It had to be AT LEAST 45 games behind.  I'll guess 46.  47 looks wrong to my memory.

4.  Ex-White Sox OF, Gus Zernial (Ozark Ike)

5.  Bobby Shantz

6  Ol' Burrhead - Ferris Fain

7. Detroit Tigers' owner Walter Briggs

8.  Eddie Joost  (whose last name, in proper Dutch language, is pronounced  same as "Yost".  So, had he pronounced his name correctly, there would have been 2 Eddie Yosts as regular infielders in The AL for many years.

9. Connie's son, Earle?  After Connie retired and Jimmy Dykes became manager?

10.  Elmer Valo  (and, yes, he DID play for The A's in Kansas City in 1955.  In mid 1956, he was traded to The Phillies, as he still lived in Philadelphia).

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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2021, 09:59:22 PM »

Robb,

All correct answers, other than the "guess" question.

Some comments

- The A's finished 60 games behind the Indians in 1954. The Mets finished 60 1/2 games out in 1962.  

- I always thought the two older Mack sons were back stabbing ingrates but, by the late 40s, it was clear Connie, Sr was losing the battle to senility. Even Connie, Jr (a generation younger than Earle and Roy) agreed, one of the few times all three sons saw eye to eye.

- When Eddie Joost was named Player/Manager, he only got a paltry 25% raise in salary. Another example of how under-financed the A's were by the 50s. Why Earle held down three jobs -- to save two salaries.

- Elmer Valo was a great line drive hitter with power to the gaps. Not much of a HR hitter, he once hit two triples, both with the bases-loaded, in the same game. Billy Bruton did that again in 1959.
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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2021, 12:14:23 PM »

Elmer Valo may have been the only MLB player to have been born in Czechoslovakia. Excellent hitter into his 40's. 
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