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On this date in 1956, the winningest manager in baseball history, Connie Mack, died at the age of 93.





But even though he hasn't managed a game in 60 years, Mack is probably enoying his eternal rest, confident in the knowledge that no one is ever going to break his record for victories.





Born Cornelius McGillicuddy, Mack had the ultimate job security. He was a founding member of the American League as owner of the Philadelphia Athletics. Although he led his club to five world championships and was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937, Mack also was a pioneer of the fire sale, dumping high priced players en masse to rebuild his club from scratch.





How much job security did Mack have? He was able to manage 53 years -- including time with Pittsburgh before starting the A's -- with a LOSING career record.





Cardinals manager Tony La Russa may be able to hang on five more years to catch John McGraw for second place all time in managerial wins. But nobody will ever catch Mack -- unless the powers that be switch to a 300-game season.





Most career victories:





Connie Mack        3,331

John McGraw        2,763

Tony La Russa     2,297

Sparky Anderson  2,194

Bobby Cox           2,171

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