CONNIE: MACK WATCHES
HIS YOUNGSTERS AND
-. BETS .VETERANS TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES
;The Foxy Leader of the Athletics Has His Eyes Always on the
T " Futureln.. Training His World's Champions.
San Antonio, Texas, March li. -ANAGER
CONNIE MACK' of the
world'1; champions is here, training his
team for the 191Z campaign, and picking
out the men who can be developed into
stars two or three seasons hence.
This training trip will cost hisclub
$18,000. 'That's as much as some major
league clubs paid in salaries' to all theft
players for a whole season 25 years ago.
Mack could Jiave toured the south
with Tiis champions this spring' and
cleared all expenses! Instead, with no
idea of finding a "phenom" to replace a
star this year, he is toiling like the leader
of a tail-end club to spot the lad who,
two, three or four seasons, hence, may,
be qualified for regular places, on his
Mack is always planning for the years to come
He develops his own players. He gets them very young, usual-
He aims to secure them before
ly out of high schools or colleges
tney nave Daa Daseoail naDits;
"that is,-false or incorrect methods
in batting, 'throwing, 'pitching,
etc. ' ,
Mack first watches, a lad's
physical faults. j-He tries to cor
rect them. If" the lad wont lis
tenHo advice off the team he goes.
His ticket to a minor league city
reads only 6ne way. Only one
man m 11 years ever camev oacK
to the club. This is Bris Lord.
'After curing a player of his
false motions, 'Connie start's to
train him physically and men
tally. He coaches' the lad on the
field and he, seats him near hini
on the bench during" a game and
explains to the lad the various
plays as they come up.
Mack next tries him in every
position until he finds the one the
lad can play best. Then he waits
for the- decline of the veteran.
Some day a man is needed for a
man's job on the diamond and the
recruit who has been trained care
fully steps into the limelight a
finished baseball product. It was
so with Collins, Barry, Lapp, Mc-
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