We've had the Cardinals and the Dodgers. Now we have the Philadelphia Athletics, through their ""grand old man"", Cornelius McGillicuddy, sole manager since they entered the American League in 1901. A tale of ups and downs -- of peak successes (1910-14*) of big names -- Plank, Bender, Coombs, Grove, Earnshaw, Walberg, McInnis, Collins, Barry, Baker, Dykes, Miller and Haas, etc. Chiefly, the book is about Connie Mack, kindly, considerate, beloved, shrewd, a straight shooter. Affectionate appraisal.