Norman Macht (1929 – ): Honoring octogenarian Norman Macht might well seem a long time coming. But it might also seem appropriate, since it comes just a few short months after publication of the third and final volume of his biography of Connie Mack, an endeavor that demanded over 30 years of research, writing, effort, and love. The product of Macht’s effort is the definitive biography of one of baseball history’s giants, the first volume of which won the Larry Ritter Award from SABR’s Deadball Era Committee in 2008. Macht’s association with the game goes back to his work in minor-league front offices and as a statistical assistant to Frick Award-winning broadcaster Ernie Harwell, and he also contributed to the autobiographies of Dick Bartell and Rex Barney. A member of SABR since 1985, Macht served as treasurer and secretary while serving on the Board of Directors; he’s also responsible for helping found the organization’s Oral History and Scouts research committees.
- Read John Thorn’s profile of Norman Macht in the Spring 2016 Baseball Research Journal
- Read “Connie Mack and Wartime Baseball—1943” by Norman Macht (The National Pastime, 2013)
- Read “Memories of a Minor-League Traveler” by Norman Macht (The National Pastime, 2010)
- Frank Fitzpatrick: A lifelong mission to tell Connie Mack’s story (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- Norman Macht’s baseball research collection finds a new home at SMU