Sport: The Old Gentleman Retires

Philadelphia Athletics fans have long lived on their memories of Connie Mack's last great teams, the American League pennant winners of '29, '30 and '31. "Lefty" Grove and Righthander George Earnshaw pitched to Mickey Cochrane; Al Simmons ranged in left field, batted with his foot awkwardly in the bucket and was always over .300. Slugging Jimmy Foxx covered first base, and bustling over the rest of the infield, playing where he was needed most, was hustling Jimmy Dykes, a crack utility man and Connie Mack's favorite performer.

But for 18 years Athletics fans have had little worth remembering. The Philadelphia story has...

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