Max Macon

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Max Macon
Pitcher/First baseman
Born: (1915-10-14)October 14, 1915
Pensacola, Florida
Died: August 5, 1989(1989-08-05) (aged 73)
Jupiter, Florida
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 21, 1938, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
April 17, 1947, for the Boston Braves
MLB statistics
Record 17-19
Earned run average 4.24
Batting average .265
Teams

Max Cullen Macon (October 14, 1915 in Pensacola, Florida – August 5, 1989 in Jupiter, Florida) was a Major League baseball player, a Minor League player-manager and pitching coach, and a professional baseball scout.

Career[edit]

Macon was primarily a pitcher but also played first base and the outfield during his career which spanned 1938–1947. Macon's most extensive playing time was with the 1944 Boston Braves. His career was interrupted from 1945 to 1946 while serving in World War II, before returning to Boston to finish his major league career in 1947.[1]

Starting in 1949,[2] Macon managed in the minor leagues for 12 seasons. In 1961, he became a scout / minor league pitching coach for the Detroit Tigers,[3][4] with whom he remained until 1968, when he was named Southeast regional scouting supervisor for the Pittsburgh Pirates.[5] During these years, Macon supplemented his earnings as a college basketball referee, with both the SEC [4] and MVC.[6]

In 2001, Minor League Baseball published a list of its 100 greatest teams of all time, including two managed by Macon – the 1951 Hazard Bombers (at number 81)[2] and the 1952 Miami Sun Sox (at number 40).[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia. Sterling Publishing. 2007. p. 690. ISBN 1-4027-4771-3. 
  2. ^ a b "Top 100 Teams: 81 - 1951 Hazard Bombers". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2015-10-14. "Macon had begun his managerial career on May 12, 1949 at Modesto in the California League."
  3. ^ Slayton, Jack. "Slants on Sports: Short Sports Notes". The Lakeland Ledger. July 12, 1961. p. 11. Retrieved 2015-10-14.
  4. ^ a b Associated Press. "Macon's 'Had It'; Won't Work for Rupp". The Milwaukee Sentinel. March 22, 1962. Part 2, Page 3. Retrieved 2015-10-14.
  5. ^ "Max Macon Named Scout for Pirates". The Miami News. February 12, 1968. p. 6-C. Retrieved 2915-10-14.
  6. ^ Associated Press. "Suicide Ruled in Death of Max Macon's Wife". The Park City Daily News. July 1, 1962. p. 22. Retrieved 2015-10-14.
  7. ^ "Top 100 Teams: 40 - 1952 Miami Sun Sox". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2015-10-14.

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Further reading[edit]

Articles[edit]

Books[edit]

Sutter, L.M.. "Chapter 11: The 1951 Hazard Bombers". Ball, Bat and Bitumen: A History of Coalfield Baseball in the Appalachian South. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company. pp. 128-135. ISBN 978-0-7864-3594-4.