This day in baseball: Connie Mack vs. Clark Griffith

Eighty-four-year-old Philadelphia Athletics manager Connie Mack challenged Clark Griffith, the seventy-eight-year-old owner of the Senators, to a race from third base to home plate, to take place prior to an exhibition game on April 4, 1948.  An ambulance drove the two competitors, as well as a doctor and two nurses, to the starting line.  Commissioner Happy Chandler officiated the race and Senators coach Nick Altrock fired the starting gun.  The race ended in a close tie, or as Commissioner Chandler described it, “a dead heat.”

1951 Clark Griffith and Connie Mack Old Timers Day (Mears Online)

1951 Clark Griffith and Connie Mack Old Timers Day (Mears Online)


2 Comments on “This day in baseball: Connie Mack vs. Clark Griffith”

  1. verdun2 says:

    Surprised it didn’t end just “dead” without the “heat.”
    v


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